Apple’s iMessage service is great for communication between users of Apple’s platforms; users of iOS (iPhone, iPad) and Mac OS devices can communicate amongst themselves for free using Apple’s cloud messaging service, and it’s fairly seamless — users don’t need to register usernames or share them with friends. Apple pairs a mobile number (or in the case of desktops, an email address) with an iMessage account, allowing easy communication.
However, the issue arises when an iOS user, who has used iMessage, switches to an Android device. Yes, they get a significantly better phone, but they might not receive text messages from their old iOS using friends — Apple’s servers don’t really seem to register that an iPhone user no longer is one, and so messages disappear into the ether.
Apple has been in a bit of legal hot water over this issue, so there’s no shortage of motivation to do something about it, and do something they have. Apple has applied a cloud-side fix which will solve the issue in a number of cases, the company says. However, a more comprehensive, device-level fix is in the works and will be rolled out in a future software update.
Have you moved across to Android from iOS and had issues with iMessage?