Apple shocked many people with their iOS 5 features, but none more so than BlackBerry users. The reason for this is due to the fact that BBM is very similar to iMessage, so we have embedded a video for you below to show just how the two compare with their features and speed. Although we still do not expect Apple’s version to have as many features.
One of the reasons why iMessage is so much like BlackBerry Messenger is because it will have send and read indicators. However, only those with an iOS device will be able to get a seamless experience; those receiving a message from an iPhone on a non-iOS device will not receive an iMessage just a standard SMS.
Watching the video was pretty funny, with the guy holding the BlackBerry unsure how he feels, and the other holding the iPhone shouting out “we stole it.” He then said, “we ripped off your messaging, we wanted it, we took it.” Like everything it has its good points and bad points, but being right into the messages app instead of being separate on BBM is a plus for iOS 5.
They ran a series of tests to determine which of the two were faster and sending and receiving SMS and MMS, and they seem to be pretty equal. Not to spoil anything the overall verdict is that they both tie. Having said that, iOS 5 is only in beta at the moment, so expect vast improvements to be made. That is not the only feature that Apple has borrowed, there is a host of others that have been assimilated on iOS 5.