Apple Mac OS X Lion to Have iMessage?

iPad maker Apple is planning to bring its iMessage iOS feature to its Mac OS X Lion desktop operating system, new reports have revealed.

According to Mac Rumors, eager developers looking for traces of new and upcoming features in Mac OS X Lion have discovered a set of code for iChat, which indicates that iMessage, like the FaceTime video chat service, will soon be available on Lion.

Developers discovered two new fields, namely “timeDelivered” and “timeRead’, in the iChat code, which can’t be found in any other version of iChat. The fields are related to the ‘tracking of delivery and read receipts for instant messages’.

Such features are not supported by iChat but are a part of the iMessage service for iOS. iMessage will be featuring in the new iOS 5 when it launches in October. The service will allow iPhone users to send each instant message free of charge.

The feature, similar to the BlackBerry Messenger and Facebook Chat, takes nothing from users but will give a lot of headache for mobile phone carriers as it would reduce the amount of SMS and MMS messages sent by users.