Apple building iMessage into OS X Lion’s iChat, says developer

“Back in June, Apple unveiled iMessage, one of the major new features of the upcoming iOS 5 update,” Arnold Kim reports for MacRumors.

“iMessage is a unified messaging service for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch that allows users to send text and multimedia messages over Wi-Fi and 3G with read and delivery receipts and real-time typing indication,” Kim reports. “But as far as Apple has officially said, there is no way to send iMessages to or from non-iOS devices such as your Mac.”

Kim reports, “One developer has revealed to MacRumors that there is evidence that Apple has already started building in iMessage support into OS X Lion’s iChat instant messaging software.”

Read more in the full article here.


    1. I second that. I don’t see any reason to have three to five different communications apps (except, of course, for Skype, who has to be different) on my Mac, especially when they’re ALL supplied by Apple! After all, this isn’t Microsoft – get some coordination going here, people!

    2. Agreed! But I really like how FaceTime integrates with the phone app on the iPhone. Talking to someone, get home or somewhere with wifi and just tap the button to switch seamlessly to video. So while you’re incorporating iChat with FaceTime, make sure to plan phone integration as well. Where iChat can “call” the phone number for audio chat.

  1. LOL. I just saw this and sent it to MDN… refreshed page, and voila… its here!

    they work fast. (maybe I should have refreshed the page from this morning prior to sending in the article? nah.)

    the END of SMS…

  2. Cross platform messaging is already available ( or will be in 3 weeks) with Mobile Task Traker. As a matter of fact it can message between ANY device with a browser and Internet connection.

    1. And you think that’s a first?….

      Or are you just trying to promote it?
      the reason this is big, NO third party software… Any iOS and os x device will have this standard.

      The only thing missing, is ability to send/receive SMS texts to/from other cell phones.

      1. Know anything else with date and time stamping… The ability to track assigned task status and work with ANY and every device with Internet connection… Let me know… I would seriously like to know what it is… I am not being confrontational… I would really be interested…. Thanks in advance

        1. And you only thing missing being the ability to communicate with the non Apple world is a pretty BIG thing… I love Apple but I know others who are not so enamored or need what Apple offers…. But I would still like to be able to communicate with them…. The Apple or nothing attitude is what makes people scream Fanboys and cult… I prefer a world where no matter what your “religion” we can still communicate.

    1. Apple claimed they were going to open FaceTime up as a standard for others to use — Skype notably said they’d be on board for interoperability. Then… nothing. Guess Apple changed their mind and decided they’ll just take all the customers instead.

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