RIM’s flagship BlackBerry Messenger will arrive for iOS devices on April 26 with new notification system, claims Rihanna over at the MacRumors forum which resonates with BGR’s claim.
RIM had a Social Media conference today in Toronto, and my entire college business and marketing class was invited to the event. RIM’s co-ceo Jim Balsillie revealed that they plan to bring BBM and “other services” to iPhone on April 26 via the app store. Balsillie also revealed that they plan to release an update to the app this summer which will take advantage of a new “notification system”!
The reason they will do it because of third party apps like Pingchat, and kik messenger who are eating in their pie. Most likely the BBM app on the iPhone will be a strip down version of the real BlackBerry Messanger client which is deeply integrated into RIM’s OS. They won’t be able to take away the real experience.
[Update] - A RIM spokesperson debunked the rumor, telling Boy Genius Report that the story was hoax:
RIM did not hold a conference in Toronto this week, and Jim Balsillie did not speak at any event in Toronto this week.