No iChat on iPhone?

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by bbplayer5, May 25, 2007.

  1. milhous macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2007
    in my view, having ichat on the iphone will be inevitable as IM and SMS do not directly compete with each other. if ichat isn't available on the iphone by the time it launches, it'll probably be available as a free software update as reported on this 25th april article regarding iphone and appletv updates:

    for apple not to offer ichat on the iphone would be a SERIOUS mistake.
  2. sprescott1974 macrumors member

    Jan 4, 2002
    if IM and SMS were in such competetion then you wouldn't see IM on as many phones as you do. If you browse through the phones on Cingular's website, most of them are pre-loaded with or able to access AIM, Yahoo, and IRC. I see no reason Apple would let this slip by on their own phone. Especially with their new partnership with Yahoo for email (everyone will have a yahoo email address so they'll have a yahoo IM address as well).
  3. puckhead193 macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
    would AIM express or other online chat clients work using safari on the iphone? i do see why not
  4. slffl macrumors 65816


    Mar 5, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    It's called SMS. I'm sure they'll add iChat later. Don't buy it if it bothers you that much.
  5. bbplayer5 thread starter macrumors 68030

    Apr 13, 2007
    Its called SMS? Are you a little... slow?

    SMS = you pay per message, and can only have one conversation at a time, and its very slow.

    IM = Instant conversation, more than one convo going, and uses DATA. Most people will be getting a data plan with their iphone, why not be able to use AIM for free?

    Stupid move apple.
  6. g7by08believeit macrumors member

    Sep 22, 2006
    I must have misunderstood Cingular when I got my texting/data plan.

    I was under the impression that AIM on my SLVR used the same texting plan.
    each message costs the same as a SMS message would... it's just put together nicely via the AIM software.

    i could be completely wrong, though.
  7. Pathetique macrumors member

    Mar 5, 2005
    Did you not see how the SMS app looked exactly like iChat? And how there's such a thing as unlimited text plans, which may be part of some bundle? And how we don't know what is going to be on the iPhone as of yet?

    I can't argue with the speed of IM of SMS, but jesus christ you're very willing to point out the doom of the iPhone before any of us have even used it. I've also never seen a phone fail because it didn't have iChat either...
  8. Gee macrumors 65816

    Feb 27, 2004
    London, UK
    "- iPhone users will not be able to conduct IM conversations with instant messaging users"

    From the AT&T manual.

    As was noted earlier in the post, just because it's feasible, doesn't mean it'll get included. AT&T get revenue from sms messages.
  9. BigEvan23 macrumors member


    Jun 17, 2004
    iChat---still could happen

    As I wrote in an earlier post...

    I believe that the document says that there won't be IM'ing available via SMS, ie. using text messaging to communicate with a buddy on your buddy list by texting the appropriate codes. This doesn't mean that there won't be the an iChat widget developed. At least thats how I understand it.

    I personally can't see how they wouldnt include iChat for the iPhone (maybe not intially but they will at some point in the near future)

    I have a feeling we'll see some more features tomorrow.
  10. Mammoth macrumors 6502a


    Nov 29, 2005
  11. suneohair macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2006
  12. BigEvan23 macrumors member


    Jun 17, 2004
    Sorry check this out:
    If you actually read the section where it came from you'll see as I originally said, its only in reference to SMS and IM.

    SMS Text Messaging (scan 1)

    - SMS text message button shows how many new messages are waiting
    - Threaded conversations
    - Hear an audio alert for new messages
    - Error correction and prevention in the keyboard. Only displayed when you need it.
    - iPhone users will not be able to conduct IM conversations with instant messaging users
    - Does not support MMS messaging for photos or videos
  13. Eric1285 macrumors 6502

    Feb 22, 2007
    Hopefully when they open it up to third party software, someone will code up an instant messaging application for it. Who knows, we might even get Adium!

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