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Error message may reveal iMessage-like service in Lion

updated 07:05 pm EDT, Fri June 10, 2011

Macs to gain MMS-esque texting ability?

An error message in the Lion version of Mail may have revealed a heretofore undisclosed new feature in Mac OS X Lion modelled after the iMessage feature coming to iOS devices with the release of iOS 5. The Spanish-language site Macquecitos reported that a reader had seen a dialog box advising the user to update a Mail plug-in to a version that was "compatible with Mail 5.0 and Message 5.0."

The previously-unknown "Message 5.0" could be a program or service that offers texting and file-sending options similar to iMessage, which promises to allow iOS device owners to bypass expensive texting charges by messaging each other through Apple's servers for free instead. The iMessage service supports text, video, images, locations and contact between iOS 5 devices, and -- if the "Message" program turns out to be a real feature -- between Lion and iOS 5 devices.

The error message appeared notifying the Macquecitos reader that Mail had disabled GrowlMail, a Mail-specific version of the popular Growl system notification service. It is not unusual for third-party plug-ins to be disabled when a new version of OS X appears, but the fact that it was Growl that sparked the notice about "Message 5.0" suggests that it might conflict with a new system-notification service. [via Macquecitos]






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  1. facebook_Pete

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    I doubt thats the case...

    When running newer versions of OSX with unsupported apps, its bound to be disabled. Growl isnt developed yet for 10.7.

  1. Inkling

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    Good but clumsy

    It's good to see a hint that iMessage is coming to OS X, but Apple will be making a mistake if the feature is added to Mail. The Mail application is already cluttered with a clumsy to-do list hanging out from it. Adding more distantly related features will only make it worse.

    Apple's been creating some confusing inconsistencies the last few years. Actions that have their own app on iDevices should have their own apps in OS X. After all, OS X is fully multi-tasking. We can run Mail and an iMessage app at the same time. Combining different functions is one app is like a Swiss Army knife. Yes, it may do lots of things, but it does none of them well.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    duh

    What, for some reason people thought iMessage wasn't going to be added to Lion? I would think it would be a disappointment if it weren't in Lion.

    But, as inkling said, it shouldn't be part of Mail. Mail is a program that isn't open all the time, and not everyone uses it (not to mention it's just becoming more and more bloated with silliness). Separate app would make more sense.

    Of course, could it also just be the spanish translation of the message box got messed up?

  1. facebook_Colin

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    What, you mean the Message framework?

    That error message has been around forever. It's referring to the Message framework, located at /System/Library/Frameworks.

  1. facebook_Colin

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    What, you mean the Message framework?

    As seen in Snow Leopard:
    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/171/screenshot20110611at632.png/

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