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Apple Readying BBM Killer in iOS 5?

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iOS 5 concept by Jan-Michael Cart

Here we go with some last minute iOS 5 rumours. According to This is My Next, Apple is preparing a new type of messaging for iOS users, similar to RIM’s BBM service. Essentially, a free Apple messaging service, which is something I’ve been calling for (part of my WWDC wishlist) the longest time:

The word is that Apple is readying its own MMS / SMS protocol which will be a native part of the phone. We’re not entirely clear on how this would work, but apparently it will be able to automatically identify iOS users and route the message accordingly. We’re told the functionality would be similar to third party applications like Textie, but with less fuss

Not only that, they also claim to have heard about notifications similar to Peter Hajas’ popular MobileNotifier, and also a new notifications/widgets area similar to Android OS where you swipe down from the top of the screen (weather icons will still not be live they claim).

What about the lockscreen? It’s been naked for the longest time, but major changes are coming:

There will now be notifications shown on this screen with a small icon to the left of each notification — you can drag that icon as you would the unlock slider and you’ll be taken directly to the app itself (similar to TouchWiz for Android). You won’t get weather or stock widgets here, only notifications — and it’s not clear if upcoming calendar events or the like will be represented.

How credible are rumours by This is My Next? They’ve previously claimed of a redesigned iPhone with larger screen, could that be coming? Joshua Topolsky is the former editor of Engadget, so he’s bound to have some credible scoops.

T-minus less than 1 hour. STAY TUNED!

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  • Anonymous

    I want this more than anything right now. My friends are slowly but surely converting to Blackberry for BBM.

  • Anonymous

    I want this more than anything right now. My friends are slowly but surely converting to Blackberry for BBM.

  • Anonymous

    I want this more than anything right now. My friends are slowly but surely converting to Blackberry for BBM.

  • Anonymous

    I want this more than anything right now. My friends are slowly but surely converting to Blackberry for BBM.

  • Whenever I hear friends rave about BBM, it makes me sick to my stomach.

  • Whenever I hear friends rave about BBM, it makes me sick to my stomach.

  • Whenever I hear friends rave about BBM, it makes me sick to my stomach.

  • I sure hope so! Or BBM for iPhone would be even better (but not likely lol).

  • I sure hope so! Or BBM for iPhone would be even better (but not likely lol).

  • I sure hope so! Or BBM for iPhone would be even better (but not likely lol).

  • Anonymous

    The funny things that’s all blackberry has going … You never hear people talk about how good the UI is or the apps or the camera it’s only BBM … when will the learn and change to a real phone?

  • Anonymous

    The funny things that’s all blackberry has going … You never hear people talk about how good the UI is or the apps or the camera it’s only BBM … when will the learn and change to a real phone?

  • Anonymous

    The funny things that’s all blackberry has going … You never hear people talk about how good the UI is or the apps or the camera it’s only BBM … when will the learn and change to a real phone?

  • Anonymous

    The funny things that’s all blackberry has going … You never hear people talk about how good the UI is or the apps or the camera it’s only BBM … when will the learn and change to a real phone?

  • Anonymous

    The funny things that’s all blackberry has going … You never hear people talk about how good the UI is or the apps or the camera it’s only BBM … when will the learn and change to a real phone?

  • Anonymous

    The funny things that’s all blackberry has going … You never hear people talk about how good the UI is or the apps or the camera it’s only BBM … when will the learn and change to a real phone?

  • Anonymous

    A BBM rival would be wonderful. If it is built it, it will be popular and then people won’t be split on all of these other apps (KIK, liveprofile, whats app, etc). Good job apple.

  • Anonymous

    A BBM rival would be wonderful. If it is built it, it will be popular and then people won’t be split on all of these other apps (KIK, liveprofile, whats app, etc). Good job apple.

  • Anonymous

    A BBM rival would be wonderful. If it is built it, it will be popular and then people won’t be split on all of these other apps (KIK, liveprofile, whats app, etc). Good job apple.

  • Anonymous

    A BBM rival would be wonderful. If it is built it, it will be popular and then people won’t be split on all of these other apps (KIK, liveprofile, whats app, etc). Good job apple.

  • Anonymous

    A BBM rival would be wonderful. If it is built it, it will be popular and then people won’t be split on all of these other apps (KIK, liveprofile, whats app, etc). Good job apple.

  • Guest

    You were right!

  • Guest

    You were right!

  • Guest

    You were right!

  • Asianssuck

    A real phone? From what I can tell, a Blackberry is a real phone. Maybe it doesn’t have all the features of a iPhone 4 or 5 however its got BBM which beats any other chat program on any “real phone” platform right now.  I also hear it makes phone calls but thats rumor for now.

  • Asianssuck

    A real phone? From what I can tell, a Blackberry is a real phone. Maybe it doesn’t have all the features of a iPhone 4 or 5 however its got BBM which beats any other chat program on any “real phone” platform right now.  I also hear it makes phone calls but thats rumor for now.

  • Asianssuck

    A real phone? From what I can tell, a Blackberry is a real phone. Maybe it doesn’t have all the features of a iPhone 4 or 5 however its got BBM which beats any other chat program on any “real phone” platform right now.  I also hear it makes phone calls but thats rumor for now.

  • Cooper

    Everyone I know with a BB has bought Whatsapp

  • Cooper

    Everyone I know with a BB has bought Whatsapp

  • Cooper

    Everyone I know with a BB has bought Whatsapp

  • Cooper

    Everyone I know with a BB has bought Whatsapp

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  • BberrySucks

    “maybe it doesn’t”???…it doesn’t!!.All it has is bbm so keep RIMing bbm’s di*k..and bbm does beat any other chat program(for now)…android n iOS taking over them market.RIM get with the program already and give ur customer’s something to talk about other then bbm.

  • BberrySucks

    “maybe it doesn’t”???…it doesn’t!!.All it has is bbm so keep RIMing bbm’s di*k..and bbm does beat any other chat program(for now)…android n iOS taking over them market.RIM get with the program already and give ur customer’s something to talk about other then bbm.

  • BberrySucks

    “maybe it doesn’t”???…it doesn’t!!.All it has is bbm so keep RIMing bbm’s di*k..and bbm does beat any other chat program(for now)…android n iOS taking over them market.RIM get with the program already and give ur customer’s something to talk about other then bbm.

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