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Apple building iMessage into iChat?

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By Charles Starrett

Contributing Editor
Published: Wednesday, September 14, 2011
News Categories: Apple, iPad, iPhone, iPod

New code discovered in Apple’s iChat instant messaging client suggests that the company is preparing to add iMessage support to the app. Citing information provided by a developer, Mac Rumors reports that the version of iChat in OS X Lion contains properties for “_timeDelivered” and “_timeRead,” suggesting that the application will offer the tracking of delivery and read receipts for instant messages. Such features, however, are not offered by any of iChat’s current native messaging services, but are offered by iMessage. As noted in the report, support for iMessage in OS X Lion would allow Mac users and iOS 5 users to exchange messages with one another in real time, and would serve as a compliment to Apple’s FaceTime video chat service, which also allows for direct communication between Macs and iOS devices.

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“Such features, however, are now offered by any of iChat’s current native messaging services…”

I believe you meant not offered by ... but in any case, this evolution seems to make sense.

Posted by rockmyplimsoul on September 14, 2011 at 1:30 PM (PDT)

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