iMessage To Be Released Soon!
Steve Jobs unveiled iMessage at the WWDC back in June. iMessage is Apple’s new cross-device mobile messaging feature which might be a potential ”SMS killer.” In giving all the details, Jobs failed to mention that the service will work with their iChat desktop client as well. iMessage will be rolled out to iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch users when iOS drops this Fall. Apparently, it will be available to users of OS X Lion via the iChat application, according to Mac Rumors, which I think is usually right. Apple has plugged the gap between iOS and Mac OS X with other services, including Facetime video chat. Enabling people to use iMessage from iChat would take Apple’s alleged “SMS killer” and extend its functionality to the desktop, making it that much more attractive to users. Sending and receiving SMS messages has long been a source both of revenue for mobile carriers and pain for consumers, who tend to pay fees for texting in mass quantities. Although it’s not clear exactly when the feature will be rolled out to desktops, iMessage will arrive for mobile and tablet users as part of the next version of iOS which is due this fall, so in just a few weeks. Is this something you’re looking forward to? I know I am! #Nerd