September 7, 2013
If you've been wondering what has become of the long-awaited iOS version of BlackBerry Messenger aka BBM, wonder no more. As it turns out, BBM for iOS has been submitted for review by Apple's App Store approval team as early as two weeks ago. The update comes by way of a tweet posted by Alex Kinsella, Senior Strategic Account Manager at BlackBerry: officially announced in mid-May by BlackBerry and scheduled to be released in the App Store this summer. The app was reported to be launched in late June on account of a tweet from T-Mobile UK. But the claim turned out to be erroneous, with BlackBerry promptly debunking the rumor. BBM for iOS' imminent launch was lent further credence when a comprehensive user guide for the app was accidentally posted by BlackBerry a couple of weeks ago — perhaps around the time the app was submitted for review. Exactly when BBM for iOS will be released depends on when Apple's App Store approval team will finally give it the go-ahead. In any case, we'll be sure to let you know once the app goes live in the App Store. Optimized for iPhone, BBM for iOS will be available for free and will offer one-on-one and multi-person chats, voice note sending, and group file sharing, among other features.