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You Could iMessage Your iChat Contacts in the near Future

Apple unveiled it’s very own instant messaging service called iMessages during the iOS 5 keynote. It’s more or less like BlackBerry Messenger, as you can only text, share photos etc with your iPhone buddies only. That is the only limitation with iMessage, apart from the fact that it will only work on iOS 5. What use could it be if you couldn’t text someone who’s not got an iPhone or an iPod Touch or the iPad.

There’s some good news for Apple users now or in the near future at least. According to a report by Mac Rumors based on findings of peculiar code in Mac OS X Lions version of iChat, which could mean that iMessages will also be available on them. Being able to text or share images, videos with your Mac friends and vice versa is pretty cool and useful. Also the fact that you don’t have to pay anything to share them is delighting. You cannot text your PC friends using WhatsApp or BBM or other free SMS services. You can use Google Talk of course, but that’s a completely different thing.

Mac OS X’s iChat messenger client is used by everyone who owns a Mac, it’s simple and works with almost every chat service. How awesome would it be if you could iMessage your iChat friends. A certain developer, while snooping around the latest version of iChat being shipped with Mac OS X Lion, found some interesting lines of code.

“@interface IMMessage : NSObject
{
IMHandle *_sender;
IMHandle *_subject;
NSAttributedString *_text;
NSString *_plainBody;
NSDate *_time;
NSDate *_timeDelivered;
NSDate *_timeRead;”

iChat has nothing to do with Timedelivered and timeRead, that is something related to iMessages. So could this mean that iChat will soon be getting some iMessage love too? Well, only timeComingSoon will tell.

Yahoo Messenger Chat Client added for iChat on Mac OS X Lion

iChat is the IM tool from Apple that supports voice and video chat on your Mac Device through Google Talk, AOL and Apple’s iChat server. Recently Apple pushed out the developer preview for the upcoming Mac OS X Lion operating system on February 24 and since then all those Apple developers out there have been curiously finding out new updates and developments with the Lion. Of course you’ll have to be a developer to lay your hands on the preview for Mac OS X Lion and to see what’s new.

A certain developer iMarck90 discovered a new feature with the standard IM Client iChat on the new OS X Lion that enables a user to add Yahoo Messenger to the Client and use features such as Voice and Video chat. This was not possible with the older Mac OS X Leopard because Yahoo uses a different protocol and cannot connect with AOL or other chat clients. In OS X Lion though you can add your Yahoo account, but only chat with other Yahoo friends. It still doesn’t support Windows Live Messenger/Hotmail though.

To find out whats new in Mac OS X Lion(10.7) visit Apple. You can download the preview from the Apple Developer website using your member id.