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Apple’s messaging solutions are currently fragmented into three applications: iMessage, FaceTime, and iChat. However, references discovered in the code of Apple’s iOS platform indicate the cross-platform features of Mac OS...
11-17-2011, 11:34 AM #1
Code Found in iOS 5 Suggests Apple May Bring Cross Platform Support to iMessage
Apple’s messaging solutions are currently fragmented into three applications: iMessage, FaceTime, and iChat. However, references discovered in the code of Apple’s iOS platform indicate the cross-platform features of Mac OS X’s iChat could find their way to Apple’s mobile devices.
The code discovered by developer Jon Heaton doesn’t specifically mention iChat, but it does include code related to outside messaging services like AOL Instant Messaneger and Jabber. Currently, iMessage allows users to communicate via text message, but does not allow connection to third-party messaging services in the way iChat does.
Heaton suggests the code references he discovered could mean Apple was at one point testing iChat like cross-service functionality within iMessage. The integration of programs doesn’t stop there, parts of the "IMService" code in iOS 5 mention both FaceTime and iMessage hinting at the possibly of combining FaceTime into iMessage.
Apple needs to move iMessage in this direction sooner rather than later. Creating a program that works across multiple platforms and messaging services would play into the Apple code of simplicity. It only makes sense that Apple would eventually allow users to carry the same conversation from iMessage on their iOS device, to their laptop, or desktop computer with no hiccups. As it stands now Apple has three different messaging clients available in iChat, FaceTime, and iMessage and non of them talk to each other.
Do you think Apple should make iMessage a cross platform, multi-service supporting messaging solution?
Source: TUAW [via AppleInsider]
Last edited by Phillip Swanson; 11-17-2011 at 11:49 AM.
11-17-2011, 12:16 PM #2
I just want iMessage to work on OSX. They are in a position having the cell phone OS to allow it to be a similar product to AIM while adding in the native SMS fall back. With iMessage installed on multiple devices, you can not only have your iMessages on your iPad when you are at home, but you could also reply to text messages that get pushed via iMessage to other devices and platforms.Apple is in a big position to take iMessage where they wish. The more I use it, the more I love it. I just can't wait until its on their OS so I can see all my messages in one place and not have to use my cell phone when I am home.
11-17-2011, 12:26 PM #3
"The integration of programs doesn’t stop there, parts of the "IMService" code in iOS 5 mention both FaceTime and iMessage hinting at the possibly of combining FaceTime into iMessage"Wrong. It´s just there because a facetime call is initiated/received by a data message sent/received in a listener from the web. So, you need to have a listener for these facetime messages, what triggers the facetime call alert and stuff.Facetime implementation is done in FTServices framework and this IMService class is implemented in IMCore framework.
11-17-2011, 01:47 PM #4
Yes absolutely they should...plus it wouldn't hurt them and I suspect they are working on it, it would just make them even more attractive!
Keep up the good work, Apple...
11-17-2011, 02:53 PM #5
This would be fantastic if it worked with client like MSN messenger, AIM, and GTalk. I would be the happiest person on earth!