Apple releases Messages beta for Mac, replacing iChat and integrating with iOS

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  • irelandireland Posts: 15,278member
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    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


    YES. IT REPLACES ICHAT.



    THANK YOU, APPLE.



    For a horrible minute I thought it was going to be a THIRD application. Now all we have to do is combine FaceTime with this thing and we'll be golden.



    I prefer them separate.
  • irelandireland Posts: 15,278member
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    Originally Posted by MysticalOS View Post


    Is that screen shot the UI though? That's same terribe UI that aim beta recently had. I do NOT want a giant square window with contacts on left and chat on right.



    I couldn't disagree more in a million years!
  • digitalclipsdigitalclips Posts: 15,156member
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    Originally Posted by BoxMacCary View Post


    ... and unexpected.



    So much for "Lynx". lol



    I suppose it makes sense -- Leopard/Snow Leopard/Lion/Mountain Lion ....

    Nice, easy-to-swallow babysteps towards the iOS-ing of OS X.



    But the "Out Of Nowhere"-ness of this is positively breathtaking!



    I mean, who saw this coming?!?

    No one ....



    Makes me wonder what sledgehammer thier gonna slam us over the head with hardware-wise this year ....

    AAPL $600, anyone?



    $650 by Jan 2013
  • onhkaonhka Posts: 1,025member
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    Originally Posted by Pendergast View Post


    Does this newfangled Message app contain Rosetta? This is tempting, but I can't lose access to various programs I need (updated versions have missing functionality).



    Anyone know how to create a VM with Snow Leopard on it while running Lion?



    http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/20...ard-in-vms.ars



    Better yet, create a bootable external Snow Leopard drive if it so important for you.
  • pendergastpendergast Posts: 1,358member
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    Originally Posted by Ireland View Post


    I'd bet a million dollars the next release adopts a new naming scheme and gets goes all out with a Launchpad inspired interface. I don't think however that it will be branded as iOS, nor should it.



    Launchpad? Hmm, perhaps named after the various rockets in the space program. Saturn, Apollo, etc.
  • pendergastpendergast Posts: 1,358member
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    Originally Posted by NeilM View Post


    Message is Lion only, so no Rosetta for you.



    It was a joke.
  • donw35donw35 Posts: 30member
    I would like to see a client for Windows 7 so I can send messages to the wifes iPhone when at work.
  • pendergastpendergast Posts: 1,358member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Onhka View Post


    http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/20...ard-in-vms.ars



    Better yet, create a bootable external Snow Leopard drive if it so important for you.



    Fantastic! I need to have it run simultaneously, as I use the programs daily.
  • slurpyslurpy Posts: 4,445member
    My God, this and Mountain Lion came out of fucking NOWHERE. Nice to see Apple's secrecy is as strong as its ever been. Not even a tiny mention of Mountain Lion in any leak or rumor I've ever read.
  • freerangefreerange Posts: 1,437member
    What about video chats with up to 4 people simultaniously? Can it still do this ?
  • tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 39,899member
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    Originally Posted by FreeRange View Post


    What about video chats with up to 4 people simultaniously? Can it still do this ?



    I would assume that any AIM-based conversation would retain this functionality. FaceTime, on the other hand, won't.
  • pendergastpendergast Posts: 1,358member
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    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


    I would assume that any AIM-based conversation would retain this functionality. FaceTime, on the other hand, won't.



    Is there any technical reason Apple can't update FaceTime to support conference calls? That would be EPIC.
  • charlitunacharlituna Posts: 7,068member
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    Originally Posted by foobar View Post


    Can I send and receive messages for my phone number? The iPad currently can send only from an Apple ID. That's annoying, because you end up with two separate threads of communication.



    If the message is an iMessage and you have your Apple ID logged into your phone then you would receive those.



    If the message is an SMS then no. those are a separate system that just happens to use the same UI app as iMessages.
  • matrix07matrix07 Posts: 1,993member
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    Originally Posted by donw35 View Post


    I would like to see a client for Windows 7 so I can send messages to the wifes iPhone when at work.



    Why, just buy a Mac.
  • charlitunacharlituna Posts: 7,068member
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    Originally Posted by MacApfel View Post


    I would think that Apple at some point will have sort of kernel OS. Making this into iOS or OS X is simply done by adding the appropriate apps.



    I suspect that they basically already do. What will happen in the future is more crossing over, perhaps to the point that they can make Mac/iOS apps that are universal just like you have iphone/ipad. Imagine being able to buy Pages from the App Store and you get it for all devices rather than having two versions.



    Also, with this iOS-ification I don't see what the issue is. Thus far they haven't removed anything from the MacOS. I can still use Finder etc just like before. They added a couple of new bits, fixed one that was only working so so (Spaces/Expose). Yeah they changed up Mail but you can change it back. Yeah they changed up scrolling but you can change it back.



    If folks want to gripe how about doing it over the fact that we really need is for them to Mac up iOS in terms of files. We need one central spot for files so that any applicable app can open it. Not this 'save in pages' 'save in ibooks' thing where you can end up with 10 copies of the same file. One "documents" folder even if we can't get into it directly.
  • charlitunacharlituna Posts: 7,068member
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    Originally Posted by matrix07 View Post


    Why, just buy a Mac.



    I wouldn't be shocked if this Messages app, once out of beta, gets a Windows version. Tons of PC folks have iPhones and iPads after all. And then there are businesses with that combo.
  • slurpyslurpy Posts: 4,445member
    Been hoping for this, so fucking awesome. Checked AI on my phone 1st thing in the morning while still in bed, and saw this and the Mountain Lion headline. Awesome start to the day!
  • tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 39,899member
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    Originally Posted by charlituna View Post


    I wouldn't be shocked if this Messages app, once out of beta, gets a Windows version. Tons of PC folks have iPhones and iPads after all. And then there are businesses with that combo.



    The "iChat for Windows" rumors have been around since 2004. I WOULD be surprised if it EVER gets a Windows version.



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Pendergast View Post


    Is there any technical reason Apple can't update FaceTime to support conference calls? That would be EPIC.



    You think an iPhone/iPod touch can handle processing three incoming video streams? The size of the screen not even withstanding.
  • antkm1antkm1 Posts: 1,441member
    YEAY!!!



    I've been saying this (but the reverse) ever since the first "SMS" app on the iPhone came out in '07.



    Why they didn't just integrate iChat into the first iPhone was beyond me, but I guess they doing to reverse scenario. Thank goodness I didn't buy a Mac last year...with the ivy bridge, and now Mountain Lion, and the rumored larger MB airs coming...i'll be first in line to get one of those bad boys!
  • tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 39,899member
    Okay, it appears as though videoconferencing that ISN'T FaceTime doesn't work anymore.



    And I see no way to screenshare with anyone.



    THIS needs fixed posthaste.
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