4 Replies Latest reply: Apr 24, 2012 12:07 PM by Ralph Johns (UK)
Simpsomatt Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

When I start a new message in Messages, I type in some characters in the To: field, and a list pops up with all my contacts that start with those characters. It looks like any contact in my address book that has an email address or phone number shows up with the imessage option, even if they don't have iPhones.

 

A couple of my contacts who do have iPhones have a little blue chat bubble next to their number.  But other contacts who also have iPhones don't have this little bubble.  So I'm not sure what the bubble is trying to tell me.

 

With the contacts that have iPhones, but not the bubble, if I enter their number in  Messages on my phone, the Send button turns blue to send them an iMessage.  So their numbers are in Apple's imessage database.  So that's apparently not what triggers the presence or absence of the bubble in the desktop app.

 

Does anybody know what that little bubble means?


iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • 1. Re: Chat bubble in Messages Contact list
    Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (67,505 points)

    HI

     

    The closest I can get with this is that Messages seems to learn which contact you have made and then identify which IDs can be iMessaged.

     

    It seems to know which are Apple IDs (of course not all may have been registered with/for iMessages yet so some may not show up).

    To some extent the same is true of iPhone Numbers (you don't really know who is ruinning iOS 5).

     

     

     

     


    10:23 PM      Monday; April 23, 2012


    Please, if posting Logs, do not post any Log info after the line "Binary Images for iChat"

     

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     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb (Snow Leopard 10.6.8)
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  • 2. Re: Chat bubble in Messages Contact list
    Simpsomatt Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I wasn't clear in my original post.  When I said "contacts who have iPhones", I should have said "contacts who have iPhones with IOS5 registered with iMessage".

     

    I know some of my contacts have IOS 5 because when I enter their number in Messages on my iPhone, the green Send button turns blue, indicating it's going to iMessage them.  I also have at least one contact who has an iPhone, but apparently either has not upgraded to IOS5 or registered with iMessage, because the Send button stays green, indicating SMS, when I enter her number.

     

    But not all of those contacts that are indicated as iMessage-capable on the iPhone show up with the blue bubble in the OS X Messages contact list.  So the bubble doesn't seem to be an indication that the contact can be iMessaged, because it doesn't show up for some contacts that can be iMessaged according to the iPhone.

  • 3. Re: Chat bubble in Messages Contact list
    Simpsomatt Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I think I spoke too soon.  After playing with it a little more, it looks like the bubble is a confirmation that the contact can be iMessaged.  It's just taking a while for Messages to figure that out.

     

    When I start to enter a contact name, Messages displays a list of all contact names beginning with the characters I have entered.  If the list is long, none of the names have chat bubbles beside them.  As I type more characters and narrow down the list, the chat bubble appears by the name of someone who is iMessage-capable.

     

    It's possible that Messages doesn't query the server until the list is narrowed down to just a few contacts.

  • 4. Re: Chat bubble in Messages Contact list
    Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (67,505 points)

    Ok.

     

    I had not played with mine quite that much.

    I can see that your last post would sort of cover what I was interpreting and "learning" as the list got shorter on some occasions.

     

     


    8:07 PM      Tuesday; April 24, 2012


    Please, if posting Logs, do not post any Log info after the line "Binary Images for iChat"

     

      iMac 2.5Ghz 5i 2011 (Lion 10.7.2)
     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb (Snow Leopard 10.6.8)
     Mac OS X (10.6.8),

    "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."  No, Seriously