iMessage Will Soon Go Multi-platform As Suggested By New Apple Trademarks

Just last week, we published a report suggesting iMessage integration into Mac OS X Lion’s iChat is already in the works as indicated by some unusual strings discovered in Lion’s iChat framework. Now, another report regarding iMessage support across all Apple operating systems comes from 9to5Mac (via Fusible) which uncovers a “set of three trademarks (12 and 3)” all related to iMessage that have just shown up in the United States Trademark & Patent Office’s database.

Here are the three trademarks filed:

Serial No. 85423006
Goods and Services: computer software consulting; application service provider (ASP) services featuring computer software for transmission of text, data, images, audio, and video by wireless communication networks and the Internet; application service provider (ASP) services featuring computer software for electronic messaging and wireless digital messaging; information, advisory and consultancy services relating to all the foregoing

Serial No. 85422999
Goods and services: Communication services, namely, transmission of text, data, images, audio, and video by wireless communication networks and the Internet; electronic messaging and wireless digital messaging services; information, advisory and consultancy services relating to all the foregoing

Serial No. 85422982
Goods and services: Computer software for the transmission of text, data, images, audio, and video by wireless communication networks and the Internet; computer software for electronic messaging and wireless digital messaging

iMessage is a feature that brings cross messaging among all iOS devices running iOS 5 or later. It was 1st demonstrated at WWDC 2011 with the iOS 5 announcement. All iMessage conversations are synched to iOS devices linked under a single Apple ID. iMessage works over Wi-Fi as well as 3G with support for read and delivery receipts and even shows a real-time typing indication.

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  • Sean

    In order for iMessage to really become the leading force in IM, it absolutely MUST be made available on other mobile and desktop platforms. Whether Apple does this in house, or simply makes the protocol open source so that developers can have a go at it doesn’t much matter.  People won’t switch (or even take it seriously) if they can’t talk to all their friends. I know more people who have switched to Whatsapp or Liveprofile from BBM for exactly this reason. Hope you’re listening Apple. 

  • I think it’s inevitable for iMessage to hit the desktop platform, along with multi-user FaceTime on the desktop and iOS devices. We already know it’s possible with iChat.

    FaceTime was supposed to be ‘open source’…where is that now??

  • Jon

    I agree completely.  All these messaging platforms are utterly useless without true cross platform integration.  Facebook has taken a step in the right direction with their Messenger app, but iMessage must open up to Android, BB, WP7, Windows Desktop, etc. etc.   Then they can kill SMS once and for all….

  • pascyyy

    Open source is a very nice in principle but in my experience, an open source program only really seems to become popular when a closed source version is already widespread (chat clients, notepad alternatives, MS Office alternatives). If Apple makes it open source, none of the other phone manufacturers will pick it up. They’d rather have a system that will tie you into their network. On the other hand, if they make an app available for other platforms and make it open source, then it could really take shape and hopefully rid us of SMS

  • Rob444

    Someone will sniff the network data from the Apple computer to Apple’s iMessage service. Then someone will create an application for Windows using that network data to send messages through iMessage ;). I can’t see how they can avoid that unless they perhaps send the computer ID or key or whatever for authentication.