Originally Posted by JoeBG
What I want to know is, can I txt someone from an iPod or iPad? iMessages on iPhone lets you send txt to anyone and iMessage to other iOS device users. Is the same thing true on the iPad/iPod, or does those apps only show conversations with other iOs device users? If the latter is true, then it is not quite seamless, especially when sending a group message to a number of people, only some of whom are on iOS. I presume in that case it sends an iMessage to the iOS folks and a txt to the others. Then what happens when I switch from my iPhone to my iPad, does that group chat show up? Does it only show up with iOS users OR (and this would be the holy grail) does it allow me to txt from my iPad using only data (cellular or wifi)? Anyone running iOS5 beta know the answers to this?
According to MacRumors, or some other places I've seen, when you select your destination, the Message app checks to see if that is a known iOS5 user. If it is, it automagically changes to an iMessage. iPod Touch and iPad running iOS5 will be able to send and receive iMessages with any other iOS5 device. It will appear as a SMS text message in the Messages app, but that's appearances only as the back end protocols are doing different things.
The things I don't understand are how these automatic processes work when you have a mixed group of iOS5 and iOS4 recipients / or iOS5 iPad with BB, WP, or Goog phones.
I believe it'll probably work like it does now where you start typing a contact's name and then you either have to select their Apple ID or their Mobile (non-iOS) number.... so you could have multiple thread conversations with the same person based on where you were talking previously.
That problem goes away if the recipient is only running iOS5 devices as the conversations all meld and update into 1 thread regardless of the device used.