Apple has introduced their users to a brand new messaging service that was designed for the iOS called iMessage, and it’s included with iOS 5. This new chat service allows users to send unlimited text, video and photo messages over a 3G or WiFi connection. This new app is clearly aimed at competing with BlackBerry’s very own BlackBerry messenger application. According to a new report that was published recently, Apple has revealed that they’re planning to extend its services on the iOS platform by implementing a native IM client that will integrate all of Apple’s popular existing services, giving users an all-in-one experience, and without forcing the less-tech savvy user through a new learning curve.
An iOS developer recently revealed his discovery of a string of code that could suggest Apple’s intentions of bringing iChat to the iPhone, iPod touch and the iPad, as a part of the iOS 6 release. Currently iChat can be accessed on the Mac OS X, allowing users to send messages through various messaging services including AIM and Google Talk. The Mac’s version of iChat also supports video chats. Apple has integrated iMessage with the default messaging application to keep things simple, but FaceTime remains as a separate app for doing video calls on the iPod touch and iPad. It’s no question that Apple is at least in the testing or brainstorming phases for iChat, and it will be interested to see if the new iOS 6 will implement this service for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.