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Native (beta) AIM client comes to iPhone

updated 01:35 pm EDT, Mon August 27, 2007

AIM client for iPhone

The first known AIM client for Apple's iPhone has been released, allowing users to send instant messages to friends and co-workers on-the-go. The software, which is currently described as "a first buggy version," was released primarily as a usability test, according to the developer. The author has yet to implement suspend functionality, but that feature is planned alongside vibrating the iPhone when an IM is received. "The idea is to provide an 'Adium' for the iPhone, and we're moving towards it," the developer said. Programmers skilled with Objective C and UIKit are welcome to contact the author about helping with the project, as well as users familiar with libPurple who can provide guidance with implementation.




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  1. DCW

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Awesome.

    But it's not posted anywhere yet for mass consumption, correct? Such a tease... Really though, it would be nice to have such a program come with the iPhone as is, and it may very well be included in the next software update, but this looks, at least, like a good fill-in. Looks clean and sharp...

  1. DCW

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Awesome - ed..

    yoU CAN download it now. My apologies. I'm going to try it out right now..

  1. unity@mac.com

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Tried it...

    Well I tried it, but had no luck. I think this very basic BETA version has an issue with login info containing the @ sign. I am a .Mac member so I could not see to get it to work, it would indicate an "unknown error" and exit. Very promising project though!

  1. dozx

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    not the first

    This is not the first AIM client for iPhone. I have been using a very good client called JiveTalk almost since the iPhone has been released. For all interested it is at

    iphone.beejive.com

    It actually rolls multiple im clients in to one, but AIM support is great.

  1. dozx

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    and works

    it works with your @mac.com IM id.

  1. DCW

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    RE: not the first...

    Dozx, I hear you, and I, too, have been using that BeeJive client. You know what I would like (and it's no fault to BeeJive's deverlopers), is for a dedicated AIM/iChat Applicaton that will keep you logged in, even if you're not browsing iPhone's safari. I know that's more of a limitation from Apple locking down what apps can go on the phone, and I know this is a fact lamented elsewhere, but still...

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