iMessage Coming to Mac OS X?

iMessage on OS X Lion is back in the news. We had previously reported that iMessage might be integrated into the Mac OS iChat application based on strings of code found in Lion’s iChat. However a report from last night indicates that the decision to integrate iMessage into iChat or create a standalone client not been finalized. Both are reported possibilities that are being simultaneous development.

iMessage is Apple’s new messaging solution for devices running iOS 5. It allows user to send SMS-like messages using data, rather than a text messaging plan. The service is similar to Blackberry’s BBM. Integrating OS X Lion with iMessage would allow users to send iMessages to iOS 5 devices from a Mac.

Back in June, Jan-Michael Cart created a concept video demonstrating how iMessage could be integrated into Lion. Check it out here.



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