3G iPhone to Incorparate iChat?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ShaunC, Jun 1, 2008.

  1. ShaunC macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2008
    just thought i'd through that into the air

    wouldnt see why not..

    apple are clever like that.

    any views?
  2. italiano40 macrumors 65816


    Oct 7, 2007
  3. Me1000 macrumors 68000


    Jul 15, 2006
    There will be plenty of chat apps for the iPhone...
    it has already been confirmed that there will be an AIM app...

    all applications will work with the current gen iPhone too.
  4. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    Sounds amazing. Can't believe anyone hasn't suggested this yet.
  5. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002

    Personally, I would like to see Skype.
  6. ShaunC thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2008
    yeah i know, i was searching through the forum and couldnt belive no-one else has come up with it

    surely if it doesnt though, skype will release add on software?

    i dont currently use iChat but if it was a major part of the iPhone.. im sure i'd be persuaded
  7. Van Wildonher macrumors 6502a

    Apr 29, 2008
    I don't know about a specific thread, but I know I've read posts about this NUMEROUS times.
  8. benfilan macrumors 6502


    Dec 21, 2006
    I hope chat applications will incorporate hotmail contacts, i love iChat but I only have a handful of gmail and .mac contacts, whereas everyone else i know has a hotmail address and on messenger.

    Also, what about something like blackberry messenger? it would be awesome to have a chatapp just for iphone users, and maybe search for other users according to interests etc
  9. neven macrumors 6502a

    Oct 10, 2006
    Portland, OR
    I doubt that Hotmail or Windows Live Messenger support is coming to iChat. For the record, I don't know anyone on either of those networks.

    So, your friends are spread over four networks already, and now you want another one? :)
  10. skwoytek macrumors 6502a

    Feb 15, 2005
    iChat on the iPhone has been discussed more times than anyone would care to count...

    Here's one of my posts regarding iPhone iChat from almost two weeks ago. It was in reply to someone stating that there weren't enough iPhones to warrant iChat on the iPhone. Of course, as my response suggests, wouldn't you be connected to all iChatters...

  11. aethelbert macrumors 601

    Jun 1, 2007
    Chicago, IL, USA
    It has gained massive appeal abroad, especially in Europe. Support will probably come through a third party.
  12. benfilan macrumors 6502


    Dec 21, 2006
    seriously, here in europe, practically everyone uses a hotmail address to connect to MSN messenger. there's virtually no AOL presence here the way there is in America. thats why its so frustrating to have an amazing application like iChat and not being able to use it.

    Hopefully a third party App will solve the problem!:D
  13. ShaunC thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2008
    its hard enough trying to sync a hotmail account to .mail

    iChat wont be half as effective for anything other than the types of account apple allow.

    turn it sideways so that you could have a 3 way chat with 2 other contacts?


    come on apple... step up

    i 2nd that

    other than the email address your internet service provider gives you.. i dont know anyone who dusnt use hotmail/msn address
  14. Compile 'em all macrumors 601

    Compile 'em all

    Apr 6, 2005
  15. SFStateStudent macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    I've never owned or used a hotmail/msn address. :eek:
  16. Valmor macrumors member

    Sep 5, 2007
    Let's be real here though, I'm sure iChat for iPhone would do a better job than anything AOL puts out.
  17. extraextra macrumors 68000


    Jun 29, 2006
    Ooh, Adium for the iPhone would be very nice!
  18. zainjetha macrumors 6502a

    Aug 11, 2007
    The SDK prohibits VOIP applications, therefore no Skype.
  19. Niiro13 macrumors 68000

    Feb 12, 2008
    You do realize that the topic of the thread is "iChat" which means only one company can use that name: Apple. And Apple has a non-limited SDK. Different than the current ones. Besides. Apple themselves said they'll allow VOIP, just only on Wi-Fi.

    Anyway, the reason why there probably is no thread on this is because its assumed that Apple will come out with one (according to the SDK agreement, even though AOL has AIM, Apple can still make an iChat)

    MSN is probably the most popular throughout the world except the United States (and even then its fourth to AIM, Gtalk, and Yahoo). I'm guessing that if they're gonna leave one thing out from Chat if it comes, will be Skype or Yahoo, only because Yahoo's kinds slow with things (their Yahoo Answers fails even with an iPhone [site can crash when answering. They can optimize for mobile phones in five minutes...yet even their full site is buggy]) and Skype cause I'm guessing Skype will come out with their own thing rather than incorporate that into Chat.
  20. Van Wildonher macrumors 6502a

    Apr 29, 2008
    I'm kinda hoping Trillian will come back for the iPhone, but since they STILL aren't out of the Astra Alpha I won't be holding my breath.
  21. t0mat0 macrumors 603


    Aug 29, 2006
    there has been a fair amount of previous/current threads on Chat/IM/ A/V chat - but they've clustered around several threads. There are a few linked to the actual patents that have been released regarding IM/Chat/video conferencing.

    Not easy for the OP to find if using the search engine here.
    This thread is overlapping an already running one at
  22. frosse macrumors 6502a

    Sep 23, 2007
    As a lot of ppl have said, AOL practically doesnt exist in Europe. Here its all Hotmail / Live Messenger, though I use Gmail to connect to Live Messenger.

    You can really tell by the name: AOL, America Online.

    Please check out this AOL subscription chart @ Wikipedia:

    Doesnt look to bright for now AOL LLC.

    I'd love to see Messenger in iPhone 'siChat but since its not even in OSX I seriously doubt it.
  23. ShaunC thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2008

    for this product to be an international success though..

    surely compatilbility issues need to be addressed?

    will the 3G model have improved security against unlocking to all networks?
  24. neven macrumors 6502a

    Oct 10, 2006
    Portland, OR
    I'm not trying to make a subjective judgment here, just raising some facts:

    Isn't it Europe, and indeed the rest of the world, that gets their panties in a bunch every time the iTunes store takes its sweet time bringing something to non-US markets? Isn't iPhone only slowly making its way across the pond?

    What I'm saying isn't "you should use AIM" or "we're more important." What I'm saying is, Apple is a US company with a long history of focusing on the US market primarily.

    This will, of course, change, but arguments of this sort - "we all use Hotmail here" - aren't terribly convincing if you're trying to argue that Apple WILL do it soon.
  25. Van Wildonher macrumors 6502a

    Apr 29, 2008
    Hotmail was the first online email program I used and still use. Must have signed up in like '96.

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