iMessage has been around on iPhone / iPad since iOS 5 was released. It works very easily on those devices and sends text and media messages over your data connection rather than via SMS.
Messages in Mountain Lion brings this feature to the desktop, so why should you care?
Apple made a beta of Messages available earlier in the year (it’s not available now so unfortunately you have to wait for the full release if you don’t have it already) so users of Lion could try out and test the new tool.
Sure it allows you send drag images into a message to send, yes you can do the same for video and all the magic just happens and that’s all very nice. However I the best thing about this app is the ability to keep using one tool.
If you’re in front of your Mac and someone texts you, there’s no picking up the iPhone to reply, you just type you’re reply in and send. It really is brilliant.
My favourite thing about this new app is definitely Group Messages
I’ve also been using the group messages a lot. Instead of entering one name, you enter 2 or more and a group conversation is created.
When your friend send messages back they too are sent to the group. It’s a very quick way to communicate and don’t forget your friends could be on their iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad no longer do they have to be on the same kind of device as you are.
So then, you leave the house. Take your iPhone with you and the group conversation is there too. You just continue where you left off.
All of the people you’re talking to have to be using iMessages, so if they’re on a different phone…. well they’re not getting invited to your next party are they? 🙂