Back in the 90s and early 200x, having the ability to send a text message across to another person far away from you via an electronic device (a la SMS) was a costly affair. Back then we didn’t have technologies and innovations as we have now so we were left at the mercy of our network carriers to charge us inexplicable amounts for sending and receiving SMSes. Today, it’s a different ball game altogether.
Ideas like the BlackBerry Messenger, more popularly referred to as BBM, from RIM have found a way to bypass the carrier and instead use the data networks of operators to send instant messages, making it cheap and convenient for users all around. And while we thought things couldn’t get better than this, they just did.
As you know, Apple’s answer to RIM’s BBM is iMessage — an instant messaging service available on all iOS devices, making it a true SMS replacement so long as all your friends have iOS devices which, let’s be honest, they probably do. Now, after a great response, Apple is bringing iMessage to Mac OS. Yes!
With the release of the Mountain Lion OS this summer, Apple will be making iMessage a part of the in-built desktop experience, offering something that not even the incumbent SMS can offer and something that’s not yet possible, unless you resort to a third-party chat protocol-using app.
Ubiquitous instant messaging
With Messages for Mac you can start a conversation on your iPhone and continue it on your Mac whenever you return home. Getting cozy on the bed with your iPad? No problem, your iMessages go with you everywhere. Throw in Skype for calls and FaceTime for video chats and we don’t need these useless carriers at all. Think different.