Apple iOS 5 brings iMessage to iPhones, a blow to RIM’s BBM

 

By Posted 6 Jun 2011, 21:05

The WWDC 2011 keynote has been and gone and while some of us have been left a little disappointed at the lack of iPhone 5 being showcased, many more will be excited with the news that has been unveiled. Apple’s latest operating system, iOS 5 will bring iMessage to the iPhone 4, a BBM equivalent.

One of the main announcements which took most of the limelight was Apple’s iCloud, revealing new details and confirming many more. However the announcement of their other new software, iOS 5 will revolutionize the social aspect of the iPhone 4 by allowing users of the device to send messages to other iPhone 4 users for free using the new iMessage, a blow RIM’s BBM.

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The iMessage feature will be integrated into a new Game Center which was also revealed at the keynote, a feature that is said to be more socialized. Using iMessage users will be able to create groups to chat in or just chat with individuals.

It will also incorporate video messaging, photos and text that can be viewed by friends or friends of friends. Other features that will be included are game and friend recommendations, the messages will show up in your Notification Center and you will even be able to tell when someone is typing.

What do you think of the new feature? Were you pleased with the WWDC 2011 keynote?