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Bryan M. Wolfe
| October 12, 2011
How To iMessage
One of the new features with iOS 5 is Apple’s iMessage service. First unveiled in June, iMessage works through the existing Message app, delivering real-time messages that can include photos and videos. The only requirement is that the other person must also be using an iDevice with iOS 5 installed. Unlike SMS, iMessages are free and unlimited. As such, each message transmits over a carrier's data networks and the Internet, much like e-mail, and not through cellular networks. Best of all, iMessage is seemless. On iDevices with iOS 5, iMessage is automatically turned on via the Settings app under Messages; you can also turn off the feature here too. On the iPhone, any message that cannot be sent via iMessage is automatically sent using a carrier's existing SMS service. [caption id="attachment_235699" align="aligncenter" width="360" caption="iMessage Setup - iPhone"][/caption] How do you tell if you’re using iMessage as opposed to SMS? It's simple, really. Within the Message app, green bubbles represent SMS messages (get it, green=money), while blue bubbles use iMessage. These colors are indicated as soon as you type in a user's email address or cell phone number. Plus, if the user isn't registered with iMessage (in other words, they aren't using iOS 5), his or her name turns red.
[caption id="attachment_235696" align="aligncenter" width="432" caption="Person Isn't iMessage User (RED)"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_235697" align="aligncenter" width="432" caption="Message Sent Via iMessage"][/caption] Finally, iMessage will indicate whether your message was delivered successfully or not.