December 11, 2017

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iPhone Files for Instant Messaging Patent

iPhone Files for Instant Messaging Patent

The latest buzz indicates that Apple has filed for a patent on an instant messaging (IM) program for the iPhone. Consumers are looking for more and more ways to use their phones. Not content with standard text messaging via mobile phones, Apple will be bringing IM into their suite of iPhone applications.
PC World [gives](http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/144932/apple_aims_to_patent_im_features_on_iphone.html) a few details on the recent patent stating: “The filing is titled ‘Portable Electronic Device for Instant Messaging ‘, and covers methods for sending, receiving, and viewing ongoing conversations. The proposed GUI is similar to Apple’s current interface for SMS. Built-in support for IM has been missing from the iPhone, to the dismay of many users. The patent filing shows Apple has IM on its mind.”
MG Siegler at VentureBeat also [chimes in](http://venturebeat.com/2008/04/21/what-do-jim-cramer-kevin-rose-and-the-us-patent-office-know-about-im-on-the-3g-iphone/) on some of the larger tech questions raised by the pending patent. He notes the financial guru Jim Cramer is interested in the Apple stock today: “Cramer claims this product will revolutionize instant messaging the way Apple revolutionized the portable music industry with the iPod. Normally, one might just brush these comments aside as speculation or sheer lunacy. However, a patent, [uncovered](http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/08/04/21/apple_files_for_universal_iphone_instant_messaging_patent.html) by AppleInsider today also points to advanced work Apple is doing on the instant messaging front — for the iPhone. This patent could be in line with an earlier [rumor](http://venturebeat.com/2008/03/24/rumor-iphone-sdk-restrictions-due-to-impending-3g-iphone-with-imvideo-chat/) started by Digg founder Kevin Rose, that the 3G iPhone would have advanced IM capabilities. […] An iPhone with instant messaging and/or video messaging would further extend the appeal of the revolutionary device. However if such an application is the reason that Apple is restricting developers from creating applications that run in the background with the iPhone SDK, expect some backlash.”

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