iMessage: Is it BlackBerry Messenger for iOS?

By  |  Monday, June 6, 2011 at 11:21 am

While iPhone users already are familiar with the messaging app for SMS, up until now only third party apps could give similar functionality to other iOS devices. Apple answered that at WWDC today with the debut of iMessage.

iMessage seems to essentially be like a BlackBerry Messenger for the iOS platform. You can send text messages, photos, and videos. Like desktop IM clients, you will be able to see when somebody is typing. Also, your conversations would be pushed to all your iOS devices, and you can choose to enable delivery and read receipts.

My question is now, what about interoperability? Will iMessage languish as an iOS only application with no way to contact the outside world? How about support for other platforms — say AIM — which its desktop counterpart iChat has supported for awhile.

We’ll let you know as we get more details…

 
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  1. TradeTechSports Says:

    Ya BBM is probably a bit better since it runs thru Blackberry servers and for example you wont get intentional texting charges when on BBM. I dont think Apple is emulating that yet.

  2. Shreepal Says:

    Of course it is. iMessage works through 3G and wi-fi so you should be able to message anyone around the world for no charge apart from your data plan (like BBM)

  3. Addy@Joomla Design Says:

    I totally agree with the aforementioned comment. BBM works quite great for and I like it personally

  4. blogc2011 Says:

    Ya BBM is probably a bit better since it runs thru Blackberry servers and for example you wont get intentional texting charges when on BBM. I dont think Apple is emulating that yet.
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  5. summernl Says:

    Imessenger is still in the prehistoric fase if you look at the functions. I work with both and I like the BBM more because of the wide features. I hope Imessenger will do the same so that I dont need a Blackberry anymore. I really wish that Imessenger was a separate application like BB so you can see peoples updates and pictures and stuff (plus do allot more with it). BBM seems much more social and thus more fun to keep an actieve traffic on with my friends and family, even abroad.
    If we talk about connections than Imessenger still wins, but thats just because they dont have so much clients yet to maintain like BBM does. If Imessenger had millions of clients for Imessenger with a very active TRAFFIC like on BBM than problems could also accure for imessenger if they lack backup maintenence like BBM did (or has).

    So my conclusion between Imessenger and BBM: I like the Iphone allot, but BBM still TOPS Imessenger 100%.
    Give Apple a few years or perhaps months and it will develop like BBM or perhaps even more interesting ;)

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