Apple Admits iMessage Screw-Up, Has a Fix Coming... Sometime

If you've tried to transition out of your iPhone into an Android or Windows Phone device, you've likely known the singular frustration of having your text messages vanish into the iMessage ether. Today, in a statement to Recode, Apple acknowledged the problem, explained why it's been particularly awful lately, and… » 5/22/14 9:01am 5/22/14 9:01am

When Apple Damns Your Texts to iMessage Purgatory

I recently switched from an iPhone to Android, and discovered shortly thereafter that my phone number was still associated with iMessage, meaning that any time someone with an iPhone tried texting me, I'd receive nothing, and they'd get a "Delivered" receipt in their Messages app as though everything were working as… » 5/13/14 6:00pm 5/13/14 6:00pm

Has iMessage Been More Screwed Up Than Usual for You?

iMessage has been screwing up. Which, well, isn't news to people who have been burned by iMessage before. But! It's been screwing up more than usual. Enough that Apple has finally admitted that a "fraction of a percent" of iMessage users are having issues with the blue text bubble messaging service. Are you included… » 10/02/13 12:22am 10/02/13 12:22am

The DEA Is Upset It Can't Access iMessages (They're Just Like Us!)

We've all generally come to accept the fact that, in using iMessage, our correspondence runs the very real risk of being eternally damned to the iCloud ether. But at least now, we know we're not suffering alone; a document obtained by CNET has revealed that the DEA has also been whining about their inability to access… » 4/04/13 10:26am 4/04/13 10:26am

How To Fix iMessage If Someone Crashes You With That Vicious Text String

So the text string "File:SLASHSLASHSLASH" (with actual slashes) can inexplicably crash just about any app on Mountain Lion. Aside from being a curiosity, it can also be a weapon if you start hurling File:SLASHSLASHSLASH salvos at your friends through iMessage. If you get hit, or you hit someone and feel bad… » 2/04/13 11:29am 2/04/13 11:29am

Apple Finally Fixed the iMessage Bug That Let Stolen iPhones Receive…

iMessage, which can be a fickle bitch sometimes, had an annoying, downright scary flaw that remained unfixed for too long: if your iPhone got stolen, the stolen phone would keep receiving messages sent via iMessage even after a remote wipe out and deactivation. That meant the thief who stole your phone, could see your… » 11/20/12 10:15pm 11/20/12 10:15pm

Counterpoint: How to Lose Friends and Alienate People Using iMessage

Nobody enjoys being ignored. It is the worst, most loathsome feeling in the world. And being ignored via text message is the double worst, because your whole body is practically salivating for that familiar chime or buzz alert, and it just. never. comes. It's like the worst, most emotionally fraught, prolonged sneeze.… » 8/09/12 2:00am 8/09/12 2:00am