Finally, after months of widespread speculation and hot anticipation, BlackBerry has announced a launch date for the iOS version of its popular messaging service.
In a new blog post, the company has confirmed that BlackBerry Messenger aka BBM is set to be released on iOS on Sunday, Sept. 22, just a day ahead of the app’s launch on Android.
BlackBerry outlines the key features of “BBM for all” as follows:
- BBM Chat – Enjoy real, immediate conversations with friends on Android, iPhone and BlackBerry smartphones. Not only does BBM let you know that your message has been delivered and read, it also shows you that your friend is responding to the message.
More than chat – With BBM you can share files on your phone such as photos and voice notes, all in an instant.
- Keep your group in the loop – Multi-person chats are a great way to invite contacts to chat together. BBM Groups lets you invite up to 30 friends to chat together, and go a step further than multi-chat by sharing photos and schedules. And, with Broadcast Message, you can send a message out to all your BBM contacts at once.
- Post Updates and stay in the know – BBM lets you post a personal message, profile picture and your current status, and lets your contacts know instantly in Updates.
- Your unique PIN – Every BBM user has a unique PIN that maintains your privacy, so you don’t have to give out your phone number or email address to a new or casual contact.
BBM for iOS was officially announced in mid-May by BlackBerry and scheduled to be released in the App Store this summer. The likelihood of the app’s imminent launch was reinforced when a comprehensive user guide for the app was accidentally posted by BlackBerry in August, perhaps around the time the app was submitted to Apple for review.
As mentioned, BBM for iOS is set to be released in the App Store on Sunday, Sept. 22. The app is optimized for iPhone and iPod touch running iOS 6.0 or later.
Are you looking forward to using BBM on your iDevice? Given the profusion of multi-platform messaging apps, it will be interesting to see whether the upcoming, previously BlackBerry-exclusive app delivers admirably or ends up being just another case of too little, too late.