Apple appears to be addressing one of the most glaring omissions from the first-gen iPhone: An instant messaging application.
An Apple patent application picked up by AppleInsider looks a lot like the iPhone’s existing text messaging app, but refers to “instant messages” and “IM.”
If Apple is planning on rolling out an iPhone/iPod touch version of its iChat IM software, it should be a big hit with iPhone owners, which are already used to typing and using the Internet on their phones. Almost 85% of iPhone owners use the Web on their phones, for example, compared to 13% of the broader U.S. mobile market, according to research firm M:Metrics.
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