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Apple patents Instant Messaging for iPhone

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 22 Apr 2008 17:03 User comments (7)

Apple patents Instant Messaging for iPhone Apple has been granted a patent that could mean an official native instant messenger application is finally coming to the popular iPhone media device.
Apple applied for the patent after the launch of the iPhone in the summer of 2007 but it was only until recently that the U.S. Patent Office approved it. The patent describes "a new instant messaging interface for touchscreen devices that lets you manipulate chat conversations in real time by editing old chats." The patent also speaks about allowing users embedding videos and images, something you cannot currently do with the iPhone. What is not clear however is if the patent will be a revised SMS application or a brand new IM application.

Apple has already showed off that AOL's AIM messenger program can be used on the phone and many users eagerly wait the addition of MMS and IM applications.

We will keep you updated on the reach of this patent as more information becomes available.


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7 user comments

122.4.2008 17:17

Well it's about damn time. The current web app for aim just isn't any good beyond talking, thats iff it doesn't time out and logs you off. Plus this also seems to be very good, with what they say it can do I would actually buy this application, which is a first for me.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 22 Apr 2008 @ 22:08

222.4.2008 17:27
DOUGHBOY6
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i don't really see any point of IM on a phone anymore, since there is text messaging. and a lot of people do have cell phones nowadays.. just a thought of mine

322.4.2008 19:14
ZooGrA
Inactive

zomg i just had a funny vision,

people wandering around trying to touch-screen IM quickly,

oh god,

people are guna run into all sorts of stuff...

422.4.2008 19:40

I'm still waiting to get an iPhone. Holding out for the possibility of TMobile getting one. But it just keeps getting better.

523.4.2008 0:39

Originally posted by o0cynix0o:
Holding out for the possibility of TMobile getting one.
You're going to be holding out for at least 4 more years.

623.4.2008 10:26
ZooGrA
Inactive

lawl i didnt know they let bots on this site....

hmmmm

723.4.2008 12:29

Originally posted by o0cynix0o:
I'm still waiting to get an iPhone. Holding out for the possibility of TMobile getting one. But it just keeps getting better.
Or just jailbreak the AT&T one :)

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