iChat for iphone - how practical is it

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by RossSerino, Jul 31, 2007.

  1. RossSerino macrumors newbie

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    I currently use FlickIM to connect to AIM. How would an iChat app work without killing the battery? Apple seems to have steered away from applications that use battery intensive features. To connect to aim it would have to receive a persistant connection, as opposed to SMS, which can simply wait for a response. Am I missing something, or how could they create an iChat application that didn't sacrifice the iPhones battery life?

    No complaints about the iPhone to Apple here. AT&T has it's problem with service in some remote locations, but I've been a Cingular customer for a while and it's just something I've learned to live with.
     
  2. AHDuke99 macrumors 68020

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    why do you even ask that? All other phones have aim, why does it need to be asked? Many want it.
     
  3. TheBusDriver macrumors 6502

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    I don't think it would hurt it that much i mean Edge runs all the time anyways and email checks for updates every 15 minutes so... I don't know but I think it would be useful.

    Steve
     
  4. arn macrumors god

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    I had an AIM client on my treo and it was pretty battery intensive. You could almost see the battery bar decreasing when using it. :)

    arn
     
  5. Daiden macrumors 6502a

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    Regardless of battery life, the option to log onto AIM would be awesome for those of us who want it. :)
     
  6. plumbingandtech macrumors 68000

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    I think it will, yet another reason I am not looking forward to flash in iphone safari.

    Hope they have a way to turn off that plugin.
     
  7. AHDuke99 macrumors 68020

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    exactly. if you dont want to use it, no one is going to force you to. but there are times i'd love to IM someone, and i dont cause its too much of a hassle to go to FlickIM or some other web app to use. it just isnt the same. i'd love an official one where i can easily change my status and not try to do it via the web.
     

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