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Tuesday June 7, 2011 11:13 am

Apple set to take on RIM with iMessage in iOS 5

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Smartphones, Storage

iOS 5 imessage

Among the various iOS 5 features Apple chief Steve Jobs unveiled today at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2011) was iMessage, a messaging option for iOS devices reminiscent of RIM's BlackBerry Messenger.

Apple said iMessage "brings the functionality of iPhone messaging to all of your iOS devices―iPhone, iPad and iPod touch." It is built into the Messages app, and allows users to send messages, photos, videos, or contact information to other iOS 5 users via Wi-Fi or 3G.

Like BBM, however, iMessage will include delivery and read receipts, and typing indication, so you know if the person has received your message and if they are typing back. Apple's iMessage will also have secure end-to-end encryption.

RIM did not respond to a request for comment about iMessage. The provider has been battling against iOS and Android in recent years for smartphone dominance. Last week, comScore found that the continued popularity of the iPhone and Android-based devices helped Apple and Google maintain their lead over RIM in the first three months of the year, with iPhones snapping up 26 percent of the U.S. market.

In March, there were reports that RIM was planning on porting BBM to both the Android OS and eventually the Apple iOS platform, but it has not yet made any announcements. At last year's DevCon, RIM announced the launch of the BlackBerry Messenger Social Platform, a means of connecting the company's BBM messenger application to other apps.

Apple will release iOS 5 in the fall. Also today, the company used WWDC to announce its iCloud service and that OS X Lion will be available in July.

This article, written by Chloe Albanesius, originally appeared on PCMag.com and is republished on Gear Live with the permission of Ziff Davis, Inc.

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