A native iChat application is one of the most highly coveted iPhone additions, with users everywhere eagerly awaiting some sort of instant messaging solution that doesn’t require a jailbreak. Apple demoed a native AIM client during their SDK announcement, and it looks like there might be a bit more excitement in store. A recently revealed patent outlines an instant messaging client specifically designed for the iPhone. The application patent also includes a new predictive text implementation that displays several suggested word choices above the text entry box, as opposed to the auto-fill process currently in use. While a patent like this could end up languishing in virtual purgatory, we certainly hope Apple decides to include this in an upcoming firmware revision.


Born with a cell phone in one hand and a tablet in the other, Josh Karp has followed his love of technology through to the present day. As a Special Correspondent at BGR, Josh covers press conferences, trade shows and other events around the world. An expert in all things mobile, Josh has more than eight years of experience covering the wireless industry.