June 7, 2011

iMessage Update

Cult of Mac:

"iMessage is not a stand alone app. Instead, Apple converged iMessages and SMS Texts into one app called “Messages.” This is great because instead of having to switch between different apps, and worrying about how to get all your contacts synced up for both of them it’s all taken care of on the back-end."

A great hands-on from Cult of Mac. Key revelation: iMessage is integrated into the existing iOS messaging app. iOS figures out whether or not your text message recipient is also running an iOS 5 device. If so, your iPhone automatically sends the message as an iMessage, via the available data network. If not, iPhone sends your message as standard SMS, and your carrier's texting rates apply as usual.