iMessage Brings Texting to iPod Touch and iPad Users

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Jun 6, 2011.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today announced iMessage, a new messaging service for iOS 5 users called. The service promises unlimited SMS-esque messaging between iOS users on iPod touch devices, iPhones and iPads. iMessages can be text, photos, videos, locations or include contact data.


    If it sounds like BBM, RIM's BlackBerry Messaging service, that's because, well, it sounds a lot like BBM actually -- and increases device lock-in as well. Users of iPads and iPod touch devices will get built-in text and picture messaging, unlimited and free, which is nice for parents who don't want to splurge on an iPhone for little Timmy, but still want him to be able to keep in touch with friends.

    For iPhone users, iMessage will be built in to the standard text message window, so using it should be pretty seamless. Other features include group messaging, delivery and read receipts, typing notification and secure encryption. Of course, keeping with the sync via iCloud theme, users will be able to start a conversation on one device and finish it on another. No word yet if iMessage will be included in iChat for OS X Lion as well, but I wouldn't be surprised if it makes an appearance there as well.

    Article Link: iMessage Brings Texting to iPod Touch and iPad Users
  2. macrumors 68000


    Jul 27, 2003
    I guess you'd address messages to their Apple ID like with Facetime if you're sending to an iPad or iPod touch?
  3. macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2008
    Essex (UK)
    My favourite bit of news today oddly enough. Could prove useful when my phone isn't handy and I want to text the missus.

    Great feature.
  4. macrumors 68020


    Jan 21, 2011
    Viper City

    Apple finally got BBM. :rolleyes:
  5. macrumors 68030


    Feb 4, 2009
    NY State
    Anyone think this is going to rape/abolish text messaging plans? Not like it matters since the carriers are going to get us with new data plans anyways just a thought. Everyone I know has an iPhone and if they don't they have an iPod touch or an iPad 3G.
  6. macrumors newbie

    Jun 6, 2011
    Would it be safe to say that this will work to negate international txting fees? At least when you're on wifi?
  7. macrumors 6502

    Jul 21, 2008
    Yeah exactly what I thought when I read the announcement but can come in very handy.
  8. macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2008
    i have this already on my iphone, it's called google voice.

    $3 jb extension integrates it into messaging app too.
  9. macrumors 68000


    Mar 10, 2003
    iOS device saturation is vast but I doubt iMessage that would supplant Twitter or SMS.

    The big news is Twitter integration. I just hope the hashtag symbol will no longer require foraging through three keyboards.
  10. macrumors regular

    Jan 2, 2010
    Currently, a FAIL!

    Why didn't they just make iMessage the goto messaging app for everything iOS/OSX...just like they did re: video with FaceTime??? Those who still use iChat can carry-on doing so.

    As a non-iChat user it would've been excellent getting all msgs that way...with an option to freeze related iOS or OSX device notifications if I happen to be using both devices at the same time and don't want to hear and see duplicate notifications.

    Sometimes Apple really surprise me as to their oversights. What they should really do? Offer even PC-users free email addresses and let them FaceTime and iMessage with all us iOS-users, via free software. What will that do? Encourage them MASSIVELY to buy an iOS device so that their messaging needs are met nice and tidily, at the desktop or when out and about.

    I really don't think that having FaceTime and iMessage available on a non-Apple desktop device will reduce sales of Apple's mobile devices, for obvious reasons. Likewise those who buy a Mac buy one for many reasons - FaceTime and iMessage on Windows systems certainly won't stop them from buying a Mac.
  11. macrumors member

    Feb 8, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    One of teh best money saving features

    Several of my friends have iPhones or iPads, if I can text them using messaging this instead of SMS it can save me some hard earned cash from ATT :D
  12. macrumors 68000


    Mar 13, 2007
    *Sigh* People were ICQing and AIMing years before RIM even existed.

    BBM was nothing original.
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 8, 2006
    Cottleville, MO
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    Too bad this would require users to use iOS devices, which chances of getting everyone on the boat are slim. Also, not everyone are able to offload messaging to Wi-Fi everywhere they go. Offloading messaging to 3G could be costly unless an unlimited or sufficient data plan is in place. Hopefully this can lower messaging rates that nearly costs a quarter without a messaging plan.
  14. macrumors 68030


    Feb 4, 2009
    NY State
    I don't think it would distiguish the connection you were sending over unless Apple made an effort to do so which I doubt. I really do think there are no strings attached. I'm just curious how it works though in terms of your number, if you can set it so you only receive through iMessage, etc.
    That would be sick. Sometimes when I'm in my house I just want to grab my MacBook pro and sit down. If I could text from my MacBook pro and know my conversation would be synced with my iPhone that would be very nice. However I don't think we need to completely knock out carriers money scheme for texting yet :D

    All the kewl kidz use iPhonezzzz. No seriously around here if you don't have an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad its strange....also I was thinking about what you said about offloading messaging to 3G and you have to realize text does not use allot of data though I see where it could add up. My idea would be to put an exception in for iMessage but I don't think carriers are going to have any mercy for a competing messaging standard.
  15. macrumors 601


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    And here is where the lack of user accounts is going to hurt, again. If I'm at work on my iPhone, and my wife is somewhere else with the iPad, it would be nice if I could send her a message. But I can't because our iPad is tied to my account, so I'd have to send a message to myself. Yeah, I know, "buy another iPad". Well, that's complete crap. As it stands, I probably will be buying an iPad 2, but I don't want one iPad to be "mine", and one to be "hers", I just want to grab one of them at any time and have it become "mine" while I'm using it. Phones are OK to be single-user because they're generally tied to one person, and carried by one person, anyway. Desktops/laptops already have multi-user accounts. Tablets need them.

    Disappointed to not hear anything on this front for iOS5 (let me know if I missed that!).
  16. macrumors 65816

    Feb 11, 2007
    I don't get the appeal of these type of apps. Great, so I have to now figure out which of my friends are currently using an iOS device. Meanwhile, use SMS and I know it reaches them no matter what device they are using.
  17. macrumors member


    Aug 27, 2009
    Other Option

    Or you can use Textfree on a 4th Gen iPod Touch (or newer, eventually) and do phone calls and texts!
  18. macrumors member


    Mar 14, 2010
    mmm It's pretty much got all the features of Whatsapp messaging (which is a pretty good app). The one difference...I can use whatsapp to chat with my blackberry friends...something I doubt this app will ever accommodate......oh well :D
  19. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 22, 2004
    Texas, USA
    So can you set priority? The unlimited TXT plan is 20$/mo, but you're already paying for the data plan no matter what. That savings of not paying for a TXT plan would add up plus we could all show AT&T for overcharging for TXTs. Ideally it would always try data first when sending to another iOS device (wifi then 3g data) and if neither were acceptable default to SMS or MMS. Or even just let the user set a priority (wifi, SMS, 3g).
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2011
    Finally. I was starting to feel left out by Apple. Now, Apple is bringing iPod touch users back into the fold.
  21. macrumors 68030


    Feb 4, 2009
    NY State
    User set priority would be god like!
  22. macrumors regular


    May 29, 2009
    Yokosuka, Japan
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    I just hope that the service will eventually be rolled into standard texting with carriers so I can text any phone from my iPad or computer. That would be cool too.
  23. macrumors 65816


    Apr 11, 2007
    Saying that everyone needs to get an iPhone is somewhat correct, but think of it this way:

    Your friend is using another phone and paying $20 a month extra for texting.

    If they switch to an iPhone, they may pay a little more for the data than their current phone, but they can get by without the extra for texting.

    All of a sudden the monthly cost of an iPhone just got a little more justified.
  24. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 22, 2011
    Fort Myers, FL USA
    I welcome this but will still have to keep WhatsApp for my friend in Germany to get free texting to him
  25. macrumors 68020


    Jan 3, 2006
    It sends SMS if no other option is available according to leaked screenshots. The friend without an iPhone can get SMS, so as the one who has turned off 3G. I doubt the data required for these messages are gonna be all that much unless you are sending large images.

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