BlackBerry Messenger was submitted to Apple’s App Store for review two weeks ago. According to a Tweet from Alex Kinsella, a Senior Manager working on the cross-platform project, BBM’s arrival on iOS is now in Apple’s hands; it’s just a matter of the Cupertino company approving it.
As 9to5Mac points out, Apple told developers as recently as Aug. 30 that it has approved 99 percent of submitted apps in the past five business days. Is BlackBerry in that remaining one percent? We don’t know. But according to Kinsella, BBM is ready for its new home in Apple’s ecosystem. That being said, we imagine the Android app has also been submitted, but that’s mere speculation; the Android iteration was recently demonstrated on video, so it seems a launch is definitely looming.
— Alex Kinsella (@alexkinsella) September 6, 2013
Sources claim BBM will be similar to the experience on BlackBerry’s Z10, with a few features left out of the equation. A landing page for iOS and Android versions of BBM was recently erected, and then almost immediately taken down (there’s now a stripped down version in place), so it certainly appears development is wrapped up. Kinsella’s Tweet is likely meant to put pressure on the approval process.
As one of BlackBerry’s biggest assets, BBM has the potential to reach millions of new eyeballs once it launches for Android and iOS. But with Kik, WhatsApp, Hangouts and iMessage already dominating, it’s hard to see that potential ever being realized. Guess we’ll find out soon enough.