Apple iMessage Android Bug

Apple’s iMessage problem is worse than we thought

By on May 22, 2014 at 8:20 AM.

Apple’s iMessage problem is worse than we thought

Apple has a lot of very unhappy former iPhone users on its hands and it doesn’t look like the problem is getting fixed anytime soon. For those of you who haven’t heard, there’s a major bug in Apple’s iMessage software that will prevent you from receiving text messages from other iPhone users if you’ve switched to a phone that runs on a rival operating system. The problem arises when people switch from the iPhone to Android or Windows Phone without changing their phone number — apparently, Apple keeps that number in its data base and still has it marked as belonging to an iPhone user. This means that any text messages sent through iPhones to that number get stuck in Apple’s cloud and aren’t pushed out to smartphones that run on a different OS. More →

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How to avoid the annoying SMS bug plaguing people who switch from iPhone to Android

By on May 19, 2014 at 2:37 PM.

How to avoid the annoying SMS bug plaguing people who switch from iPhone to Android

Thanks to an ongoing issue with the way Apple built its iMessage platform, users who switch away from an iPhone to an Android phone or any other cell phone are faced with a huge problem: once they bail on the iPhone, they often can’t receive text messages from contacts who are still using iPhones. This is because Apple’s system still sees them as iMessage users, and it tries to deliver messages sent using Apple’s Messages app as iMessages. To make matters even worse, the iPhone users who send those messages see their status as “delivered” even though they are not being received.

Thankfully, there are ways to avoid this annoying bug if you’re planning to make the switch from iOS to another platform. More →

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Apple has figured out how to make embarrassing misdirected texts go away

By on May 15, 2014 at 11:10 AM.

Apple has figured out how to make embarrassing misdirected texts go away

One of the problems with Apple’s popular iMessage instant messaging/SMS system – other than being almost impossible to ditch in some cases – is the fact that users who text a lot with many other people using it may often send misdirected, and sometimes embarrassing, messages to other users or groups than they’d intended. Apple is apparently aware this may be a problem to some users, and has figured out a way to make it go away, AppleInsider reports. More →

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Switching from the iPhone to Android is now more annoying than ever

By on May 15, 2014 at 10:45 AM.

Switching from the iPhone to Android is now more annoying than ever

Stories from iPhone deserters typically fall into one of two categories: either they love their new Android phones or they can’t wait to get back to iOS. Of course, these opinions vary wildly between individuals, but one iPhone owner found that switching to Android caused a major problem that even Apple couldn’t fix. Adam Pash, the defector in question, discovered that shortly after purchasing an Android device, he stopped receiving text messages from other iPhone users. More →

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iMessage to only work on Mountain Lion following beta period

By on February 17, 2012 at 8:00 PM.

iMessage to only work on Mountain Lion following beta period

Apple on Thursday unveiled the next major version of its desktop operating system, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. The new operating system for Mac desktops and notebooks will feature a wide range of changes from new apps to redesigned visual elements, but one of the most highly anticipated features Apple unveiled was iMessage integration thanks to a new Messages app that will replace iChat. Apple released a beta of its Messages app to users running OS X 10.7.3 Lion, but French blog Consomac on Friday discovered that Lion users will only have access to the new app during the beta period. “Thank you for participating in the Messages Beta program. With the inclusion of Messages in OS X Mountain Lion, the Messages Beta program has ended,” a text string within the app’s resource files states. “To continue using Messages, please visit the Mac App Store and purchase OS X Mountain Lion.” Apple’s OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion upgrade will be available this summer for what will likely be a $29 fee, but a number of recent Intel-based Macs will not support the new OS, so these users will not have access to Apple’s new Messages app. More →

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OS X Mountain Lion vs. real mountain lion

By on February 17, 2012 at 12:00 PM.

OS X Mountain Lion vs. real mountain lion

Apple unveiled the next major release of its OS X desktop operating system on Thursday, giving the world a rare early look at what the company has in store for Mac computer users this summer. A revamped Messages app with iMessage integration, the Notification Center and enhanced iCloud integration are among the exciting new features users can look forward to in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. Apple loves naming versions of its desktop platform after jungle cats, of course, so Apple deal-hunter DealMac decided to line up the technology giant’s new OS against its namesake. This tale of the tape is definitely good for a few laughs, and a link to the full comparison follows after the break. More →

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Apple’s OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion: iMessage on Mac, Notification Center and more

By on February 16, 2012 at 8:51 AM.

Apple’s OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion: iMessage on Mac, Notification Center and more

Details surrounding Apple’s next-generation Mac operating system were released on Thursday morning, shedding light on a number of new features set to hit Apple’s desktop operating system later this year. OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion highlights include the arrival of iMessage on Mac computers, a feature iOS users have been clamoring for since iMessage was first introduced in iOS 5. Notification Center will also arrive on OS X with Mountain Lion, bringing further iOS-like features and visual elements to the platform as the world awaits a touchscreen-ready version of Apple’s desktop platform. Other new features include Game Center integration, AirPlay mirroring, enhanced iCloud support and a number of redesigned apps. A developer preview of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion will be released on Thursday and the updated OS will become available to end users this summer. Apple’s press release follows below and a beta of Messages for OS X can be downloaded immediately. More →

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Messaging apps, VoIP already eating into carrier revenues, study finds

By on November 18, 2011 at 12:45 PM.

Messaging apps, VoIP already eating into carrier revenues, study finds

A new breed of messaging services and mobile Voice over IP clients like Skype are already eating into carrier revenues according to a new study. Commissioned by mobile infrastructure solutions provider Mavenir Systems, interviews with 31 mobile network operators around the world found that one-third of carriers are already seeing voice traffic and SMS revenue decline as a result of the increased popularity of third-party solutions. Read on for more. More →

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Developer discovers iChat code in iOS

By on November 17, 2011 at 9:20 PM.

Developer discovers iChat code in iOS

iOS developer John Heaton has discovered a string of iOS code that suggests Apple is working on bringing its popular iChat client to iOS devices. We first heard this rumor back in September, but now there appears to be some proof to back it up. iChat, not to be confused with iMessage, allows Mac users to chat with one another across various messaging platforms including AIM, Google Talk and more. Currently, iOS users can only access iMessage through the text message app and can only place FaceTime calls using the address book or Phone application. A refreshed iMessage platform for iOS could merge all of these into one easy to use buddy list. While it is still unclear how exactly Apple plans to execute the move across all of its platforms, it certainly bolsters our theory that iMessage really is the start of something much bigger. More →

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AirPlay Mirroring, iMessage reportedly headed to OS X [video]

By on October 31, 2011 at 7:15 PM.

AirPlay Mirroring, iMessage reportedly headed to OS X [video]

The eventual arrival of iMessage on OS X, in some form, is almost a foregone conclusion at this point, but a new report claims to confirm that Apple is indeed working on bringing it to the Mac platform alongside AirPlay Mirroring. Citing multiple anonymous sources, 9to5 Mac says Apple is already hard at work bringing the services to OS X, though it is apparently unclear whether or not the efforts will bear fruit. AirPlay Mirroring will theoretically allow OS X users to mirror their Mac display wirelessly to an Apple TV while iMessage will let users carry on conversations from Mac computers just as they can now with the iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. The report says Apple is also currently debating whether or not iMessage should be integrated into Apple’s iChat app or introduced as a standalone app, and a concept video of how the latter scenario might work follows below. More →

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Apple merging iMessage and iChat, launches in a few weeks?

By on September 14, 2011 at 2:54 PM.

Apple merging iMessage and iChat, launches in a few weeks?

There is hard evidence that Apple is looking to add iMessage support to iChat, according to a new report from MacRumors. This would further increase the size of the iMessage user base, expanding to the desktop in addition to being available on almost all iPhones, iPads and iPod touch devices. According to the report, a developer found code references to the following in the OS X Lion version of iChat:

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

With iMessage available on all Mac computers, your conversations will literally follow you and be available wherever you go, and I personally can’t wait. Read on for more. More →

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Is Apple’s iMessage the start of something bigger?

By on July 8, 2011 at 10:45 AM.

Is Apple’s iMessage the start of something bigger?

One of the most important features Apple announced at WWDC 2011 was iMessage. It’s not only a direct competitor to Research In Motion’s extremely popular BlackBerry Messenger service, but could serve as the start of a much larger social initiative. Looking at the big picture, iMessage isn’t just a text / photo / video messaging service that will work with all iOS devices including the iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad, but it could also be the backbone for Apple to launch its own IM network that combines the company’s different strengths. Read on for my thoughts. More →

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Apple iOS 5: Day three

By on June 9, 2011 at 10:11 AM.

Apple iOS 5: Day three

After spending three days with iOS 5 on multiple devices now, I can confidently say that this is the mobile operating system to beat. It gives you just enough of what was missing, while still remaining solid (“closed” — a.k.a. fast, responsive, apps that don’t steal your data, etc). There have definitely been some slowdowns in daily usage due to the fact that the OS is in beta, and battery life has no doubt taken a hit, but this isn’t meant to be used on consumer devices. And even with those hiccups, it still out performs many Android handsets (though not the Galaxy S II, that battery is Teen Wolf). Hit the break for the rest of my thoughts after day three. More →

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