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Apple To Roll iMessage, AirPlay Mirroring On Mac OS X

Apple is said to be working on bringing iMessage and AirPlay Mirroring features to its Mac OS X desktop platform, potentially launching on the next generation Mac OS X 10.8.

Citing sources familiar with Apple's plans for Mac OS X, 9to5Mac (opens in new tab), Apple is currently working on iMessage and AirPlay Mirroring applications for Mac OS X.

The 9to5Mac report claimed that whether the projects will ever see the light of the day remains to be seen, but the company is actively considering putting these features on the future version of Mac OS X Lion, the newest iteration of the Mac OS X platform.

The AirPlay Mirroring feature will allow users to stream what is being shown on their Mac laptop or desktop to the Apple TV, which will be in turn connected to a projector or TV display. This feature - which can be used with the Apple TV - is useful for businesses and executives when it comes to giving presentations.

The iPad maker was earlier expected to integrate iMessage, a service which launched with iOS 5 for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, to the existing iChat service on Mac OS X. However, the company has not decided whether to integrate iMessage with iChat or launch it as a standalone application.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.