BlackBerry Messenger for iOS Likely Coming Soon, App Submitted Two Weeks Ago

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    BlackBerry Messenger for the iPhone was submitted to the App Store two weeks ago, which means the launch could be coming at any time pending approval from Apple. The news was announced this afternoon by BlackBerry Social Media Manager Alex Kinsella.

    BBM, which functions similarly to Apple's iMessage, was one of the first proprietary mobile messaging services and remains popular to this day with more than 60 million active monthly users.

    BlackBerry first announced the iOS version of BBM in May, and sent out beta invites to the service in early August.

    Two weeks ago, BlackBerry posted a user guide for the app, detailing the how the service works, its available features, and how to create an account. The app was expected to be launched shortly after the guide was posted, but it appears that it is still under review.

    It is not clear why BlackBerry Messenger is still stuck in the review process after two weeks, as Apple typically finishes app reviews within five business days.

    BlackBerry will have a lot of competition in the messaging space on iOS. In addition to iMessage, there are a number of other third-party messaging services that have soared in popularity over the last couple of months, including LINE, Whatsapp and WeChat.

    Article Link: BlackBerry Messenger for iOS Likely Coming Soon, App Submitted Two Weeks Ago
  2. macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2013

    read about blackberry in my history class
  3. macrumors 65816


    Dec 30, 2006
    Even for an Android app, it looks awful already.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2008
    Can't think of anyone that I know of that use BBM.
  5. macrumors 68000


    May 20, 2011
    Wales, UK
  6. macrumors 6502

    Jan 1, 2008
    Maybe in a new back to the future movie where they go back to 2004.
  7. macrumors regular

    May 5, 2011
    Costa Rica
  8. macrumors newbie


    Sep 2, 2010
    Statesboro, GA
    Thank God! I can finally communicate with people in some alternate universe where Blackberry is still culturally relevant.
  9. macrumors 68000


    May 10, 2005
    Shropshire, UK
    ...or any of the 60 million current users of BBM.
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 24, 2003
    Why all the negativity it's another app means of communication is it not I message great when it works but not everyone has an iOS device or mac
  11. macrumors regular

    Oct 5, 2009
    Norwich, UK
  12. macrumors 6502

    Apr 11, 2010
    Sure, they submitted the App a few weeks ago. Where are the rumors coming that it is being held in review? BlackBerry could be using the tools to hold the release of the app until they want to have it out?
  13. macrumors 68000

    Mar 5, 2012
    Central California
    Just end it's life already!

    I believe in assisted suicide
  14. macrumors 6502

    Oct 28, 2008
  15. macrumors 6502

    Jan 1, 2008
    Because we need another mobile messaging app like we need a hole in the head?

    facebook messenger
    good ol sms
    and a billion other ones that are less known and now bbm?

    What we really need is a multiplatform messaging app with sms integration on both mobile devices and can be web based as well. Pipe dream I know but if that ever happens that will be the app that rules them all! Untill then I think hangouts and fb messenger are the best options since they are multiplatform and also web based options. Problem for ios users is you can't change the notification sound so its easy to miss message notifications for those two services because the default sound is short and low volume.

    So for the most part I use sms for single person messages and whatsapp for group messages.
  16. macrumors 68000


    May 20, 2011
    Wales, UK
    At least 50% of the kids who go to my college (aged between 16 & 21) STILL have Blackberr(ies?). Only now have they woken up & started to delve in to iPhones & Android phones.

    I'm based in the UK as well, which is a very different place market-share wise to the US. Pre-paid is very popular, and Curves are selling like hotcakes with a price of £100 off the shelf.

    There's still a market for them. Albeit a dwindling one.
  17. macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
    Don't you have to, you know, know someone with a BlackBerry to use this?


    You mean use these as props for movies based in the early 2000s? Good use for these btw.
  18. macrumors 65816


    Aug 29, 2009
    The levels of pretentiousness in this thread are farking ridiculous...
  19. macrumors 603


    Sep 7, 2006
    Texas, unfortunately.
    Seriously. I really wish people would give BB10 a fair shot; it's got some amazing potential to compete with the big players.
  20. macrumors regular

    Apr 21, 2012
    Agreed. The Z10 is also the first and only smartphone to receive certification from DISA, meeting all next-gen security criteria, which means that civil service proliferation is very likely.
  21. macrumors 65816


    Nov 16, 2012
    Not really mate, they want to take on whatsapp wich is now subscription based for new users plus bbm on iOS and Android will make possible for people that use Blackberrys with only "Social" data plan (only use bbm and email with no full data plan) to communicate with Android and iOS at no cost.
  22. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 28, 2010
    no one cares, bb is dead and has been for years!

  23. macrumors 6502a

    May 24, 2013
    This is true. Outside the U.S blackberries are quite popular. But take a look at a college in the U.S and you won't find a single one on campus mostly plagued by iphones and most recently galaxy s4s.
  24. macrumors 6502

    Jan 1, 2008
    BB10 is decent. Just BBM has lost so much steam not becoming multi platform years ago when it would have been a lot more relevant.

    It's just kind of redundant with all the messaging apps that now exist.
  25. macrumors member


    May 26, 2011
    I'm actually excited about this. Three or four of my colleagues sport Blackberry 10 series. This will give me more flexible communication options without trying to convince others to download a third party app. Unlike my Android friends who I have to explain how to use "What's App". As for all my friends using Windows Phone 8... Screw Him.

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