It appears Apple’s Mac OS X team is working on integrating two of iOS’s biggest features into Mac OS X, with iMessage and AirPlay mirroring apparently in the pipeline.
According to 9to5Mac’s sources, the Mac OS X team at Apple is currently working on ways to make both technologies part of a future Lion update, though there are no guarantee that the features will ever see the light of day.
iMessage in particular has been long rumored to be the replacement for iChat we’ve been waiting for, but AirPlay mirroring could potentially change the way presentations are given using a Mac…
Mirroring isn’t the only AirPlay feature believed to be making the jump from the iOS platform to the Mac, with QuickTime X set to get the ability to stream video to an Apple TV, just as iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches have been doing for quite some time.
When it comes to iMessage, Apple apparently intends to add its new SMS replacement to iChat, or build a completely new app to compliment it.
The step to bring AirPlay mirroring and iMessage to the Mac would be another move toward making the two operating systems more alike. With the release of OS X 10.7 Lion earlier this year, Apple began the amalgamation of the two — a move that has many worried that OS X will eventually evaporate to become iOS.
Interesting times ahead for the Mac!