Three iMessage trademarks surface, hint at Apple messaging consolidation

“Last week, code strings were found in iChat’s framework in Lion indicating Apple could be at work developing a cross-platform support for the iMessage protocol in iChat,” Christian Zibreg reports for 9to5Mac.

“Today, Fusible points to a set of three trademarks which surfaced in the United States Trademark & Patent Office’s database,” Zibreg reports. “All three are related to iMessage.”

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“As you know, iMessage is Apple’s new messaging protocol allowing iOS 5 devices to exchange instant messages and rich media between themselves (think BlackBerry Messenger for the iPhone),” Zibreg reports. “It doesn’t take a rocket scientists to figure out it makes a lot of sense to eventually integrate FaceTime, iMessage and iChat into a unified messaging solution on both the Mac and iOS 5 devices.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]


    1. An app or online service could theoretically forward an iMessage into another format, like SMS or email. Having one standard message format on iOS would actually make it easier to build software adapters like this.

    2. Mobile Task Tracker will do that in about 3 weeks… It’s an all Apple assigned task tracking app and messenger right now … But a mobile optimized browser version is being completed as I write this that will allow communication between any smartphone, laptop, desktop device with browser and Internet access.

  1. It’s annoying as hell to have FaceTime and iChat….

    If I want to type, share a link, or do screen sharing, I can’t use FaceTime. If I want to video chat with an iOS device I can’t use iChat.

    Who at Apple thought this was a good idea?

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