If you have upgraded to Apple’s iOS 5 you now possess the new Apple messaging program iMessage. You may have used it and not even known it! It’s built right into the messaging app on the iPhone (on the iPad it’s a separate app). iMessage is designed to go head to head with RIM’s “Messenger” on the blackberry. The difference between iMessage and standard SMS messaging is the following:
- iMessage lets you know when your message is delivered (and if it has been read assuming the other party turns on this preference.
- You can see when the other party is typing back to you (SMS does not show this).
- iMessage does not use up any SMS messaging quota that you may have purchased from your cell phone provider.
So, it’s all good basically! However, you want to be sure that you setup the system correctly, especially if you have other iOS5 devices like iPads and iPod touches. This is because iMessage conversations you start on one device, carry over to the other. Check out this video for some tips on how to setup the system.