Apple to integrate iMessage, iChat

“Apple plans to integrate iMessage into iChat, combining iOS 5 and OS X features, as the company competes against Facebook Chat and BlackBerry Messenger,” Joe Arico reports for Mobiledia.

“Strings of code found in iChat for OS X Lion show the potential for ‘time delivered’ and ‘time read’ stamps to appear next to messages, functionalities previously only associated with iMessage,” Arico reports. “The uncovered code suggests iMessage will be compatible with iChat when it launches later this year.”

Arico reports, “The feature will allow users to start a conversation on their mobile phone, go to work and continue it on their computer and even transition it to an iPad.”

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  1. The iMessage halo. “Apple plans to integrate iMessage into iChat, combining iOS 5 and OS X features” giving you an easy to use seamless way between Apple OS X and iOS devices.

    This will not be what non-OS X and non-iOS computers and devices will experience. People will not want to continue this mixed almost compatible world that they have to work with. When they decide to replace that old computer or device, they will want the ecosystem that just works together they way it should.

    The Apple Tsunami is here.

  2. I’m reading Apple’s explanation of the iMessage feature. Looks like audio and video is not an option at this point, but I think is a possibility down the road. I can see the telco’s fighting this one. Audio and video chat on 3G? 4G? Still not with FaceTime.

  3. Don’t get your hopes up. Apple’s recent trend is to tie all new features to new hardware “so they can’t be copied with a simple software update” (as Steve Jobs once said).

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