iPhone IM App In Development

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by FunFred2007, Oct 12, 2007.

  1. FunFred2007 macrumors newbie

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    Ok. So I have no real evidence, but here is my reasoning.

    Look at all of the categories on Apple's list of Webapps. Do you see one IM app? No.

    Now, of all the different categories, this one possibly has more entrants than any other.

    Don't you think that's a little weird? Perhaps Apple is purposefully keeping IM apps off so that people will be very excited when they release a native app?
     
  2. ntrigue macrumors 68040

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    honestly. i think it has more to do with battery life.

    when i had apollo im installed the battery was taxed by checking every 'x' seconds for an incoming chat.
     
  3. boss1 macrumors 6502a

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    Apple endorsing a text messaging web app might be seen by ATT as endorsing an app that lures iPhone owners away from using ATT's sms system.


    I'm not saying I agree with this statement. It is what it is.
     
  4. DotComCTO macrumors 6502

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    Everyone always says this, but it cannot be true. There are plenty of phones offered by AT&T that include IM (including the Blackberry). It's a fun theory, but I think it's wrong. An IM client will come for the iPhone.

    --DotComCTO
     
  5. boss1 macrumors 6502a

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    I agree with you 100% .. however until an IM client comes out for the iPhone I like reference certain explanations like the one I posted, it keeps the world logical and normal for me... so that I don't drive myself insane getting frustrated on why my friends "last decade" phone can do this so easily and my revolutionary iPhone can't :)

    Edit: When this explanation doesn't work I usually refer to battery life. I have a few others also, they explain a bunch...i should make a list.
     
  6. JonHimself macrumors 68000

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    Then why would Apple advertise other Free SMS WebApps on the new WebApps page? The ones where you can send IMs over the internet.
     
  7. boss1 macrumors 6502a

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    Good point...and point taken.

    thankfully I can still fall back on the "battery life" explanation for the sake of my sanity :D
     
  8. JonHimself macrumors 68000

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    Whatever the reason is, I hope they figure it out and make an official IM client... haha
     
  9. DotComCTO macrumors 6502

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    My 'conspiracy' theory is that Apple was rushed to market with the iPhone (e.g., the paint was still wet) so the app selection was limited to keep things simple. Now Apple sees the iPhone getting hacked and they are working to plug the holes. I think they are holding new apps back and using them as an incentive to get users to upgrade to the latest firmware (while plugging security holes and cutting off unofficial 3rd party apps).

    How 'bout that for a theory?

    :D

    --DotComCTO
     
  10. jamesarm97 macrumors 65816

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    You know, I don't think AT&T would loose much SMS if there were an IM client. I SMS alot, and would love IM, but the only time I would use IM is to maybe chat with my wife when she is at home on the computer. I still would have to SMS everyone else that is never home or does not have IM. My boss, my mom, my friend, co-workers. Sending SMS to a phone is just too convenient because everyone has one and they are usually carrying it most of the time.

    - James
     
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    I dont think we will ever see a IM app on the iPhone, Why would Apple or ATT let it? they want you to use SMS.
     
  14. Telp macrumors 68040

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    I done like that one. I prefer to use flickIM but I think it would be nicer if they made an iChat app right in the phone. Sidekick does it. For a lot if sidekick owners thats the reason no iPhone for them. Oh well.
     
  15. nickspohn macrumors 68040

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    meebo is the best IM webapp for the iPhone


    enough said.
     
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  17. Telp macrumors 68040

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    flickim>beejive>meebo
     
  18. oxeneers macrumors member

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    The Beejive.com web app for iPhone is SPECTACULAR. It actually works on EDGE for those of us that have T-Mobile.

    Apollo and MobileChat have implemented libpurple which does NOT work for those of us using internet2.voicestream.com
     
  19. zephead macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, but AT&T treats IMs like SMS. You still get one message used from your plan (or charged 10¢ each if you don't have one) when you send an IM. That's how it's always worked for me.
     
  20. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    I don't care about an official iChat client for the phone because it won't support other protocols like Apollo does.
     
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  22. beeeen macrumors member

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    Why wouldn't AT&T want an IM app on the iPhone? You still get charged for each IM you send. Atleast that's how it is on my phone. Obviously, a web app for an IM client won't cost any money.
     
  23. philhyde macrumors member

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    IM and SMS are not mutually exclusive. I have countless IM contacts with whom I do not exchange SMS messages.

     

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