The official BlackBerry Messenger app for iPhone is on the way, according to the Canadian-based company. Alex Kinsella, a Senior Manager who is working on the software, tweeted out this afternoon that BBM for iPhone has been submitted to the App Store.

In fact, Kinsella says his team submitted the app for review two weeks ago, meaning it’s basically up to Apple now when we’ll see it made available. And it’ll be interesting to see what happens here, as the company has a history of blocking big releases… 

Here’s the tweet (via 9to5Mac):

The news comes roughly—what a coincidence—two weeks after a user manual for the iOS version of BlackBerry Messenger surfaced online. At the time, it was thought this was an accidental leak, but now it sounds more like it coincided with the app’s submission.

Here’s an excerpt from the guide:

“With BBM, you can chat and share in real-time with your BBM contacts and groups. For example, you can share pictures, see when someone has read your message or is typing a reply, and update your BBM status or picture. Share your news with multiple people using multiperson chats and group chats.

With BBM Groups, you can plan events, track to-do lists, share pictures, and chat with up to 30 people at the same time without needing to add them all as BBM contacts.”

From what we can glean from previous reports, it sounds like BBM for iPhone is going to be very similar to the BlackBerry version, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see it missing a few features. This goes for the Android version as well, which is also on the way.

The launch of BBM on multiple platforms comes at an interesting time for BlackBerry. The company is struggling so much to sell devices right now that it has been considering, over the past year, to sell itself to a larger corporation in order to stay bankruptcy.

Obviously, we’ll let you know as soon as BBM is available for download.

Are you excited for its release, or is BlackBerry Messenger irrelevant at this point?

  • Iphone5&sgs2

    Who cares
    Nobody will use that while there is whatsapp, iMessages and google hangouts

    • RarestName

      I’m so sorry that you hate having additional choices.

      • jocastro

        lol blackberry is doing down hill, every buddy knows it, so i kinda agree with him.. whats the point lol,

      • Sean Clark

        I’m not your buddy, guy!

      • Danuel Carr

        I’m not your guy, pal!

      • Zorvage

        I’m not your pal, buddy!

      • Adham

        I’m not your buddy, bro!

      • latinlegacy

        im not ur bro dude

      • Wamid

        I’m not your dude, brotha

      • Jorge Andres

        I’m not your brotha, breda!

      • Joseph


      • Lester

        I’m not…

      • Zachary Sloane

        sorry this one killed it.

      • Guest

        Im not you breda, man

      • Alejandro Maximo Marez

        Just let it die…

      • Alejandro Maximo Marez

        Congrats… You killed it

    • Kevin Antoine

      Only cause its the best mobile IM.. and i hate Blackberry.. but BBM.. BBM IS A GEM..

    • Adham

      Because iMessage has it’s downfalls, new WhatsApp memberships are a dollar a year (for new signups), and I don’t use google hangouts.

      I still have loads of friends on Blackberries, and personally I am excited to use BBM because I will be able to chat with them on an app that is stable for them and will give me D/R notifications. In the future, there will also be voice and video chatting as well, all in one app.

      We can all hate and say Blackberry is going downhill and will die or whatever, but I think it is very closed-minded to think that the BBM release is useless.

      My two cents however.

    • I care, and I will gladly switch to it whenever WhatsApp/Viber start getting greedy. iMessage….that’s not even an option to chat with most friends.

  • Moi

    can somebody tell the key differences between bbm and iMessage ?

    • fl0manel

      BBM will be available for BlackBerry, Android, and iOS. iMessage is only available for iOS, therefore making iMessage much more restricted than BBM.

      • Moi

        thanks a lot … But I meant things like features !

      • Joseph Thebigragu Plaza

        Isn’t that a feature?

      • Moi

        Tous ce que je veux est une bonne réponse à ma question ” est ce que le BBM est plus bon que iMessage pour un utilisateur de l’iOS ? ”

      • Joseph Thebigragu Plaza

        Sorry, this board is speaking English, so I won’t be translating that. Point is being able to message people with it is a FEATURE. Compatibility means what hardware and software it’s COMPATIBLE with.

      • mehrab

        Nope just compatibility

      • Joseph Thebigragu Plaza

        Compatibility would be what os it can work on and with what devices. Learn the difference. Features are what the product can do, and being able to send free messages IS a FEATURE no matter how you slice it.

      • mehrab


      • Mark

        It’s just like any ordinary messenger I guess.. except that it has wider range of users.

      • Moi

        merci Mark

      • Maze

        You can update statuses which your friends will be able to see. And also upload profile pictures. And it forces read messages to be shown. Pretty much the biggies.

      • Moi

        Thank u for the perfect answer 🙂

      • Rickm_jr

        There are already alternatives like Kik and Whatsapp

      • So what? Having more alternatives keeps the platforms from getting so greedy. That’s a positive for us consumers, live the competition complaining to patent trolls…

      • fl0manel

        This is just a clear sign that BlackBerry has indeed run out of ideas, as they are running out of life. I am very sure that BBM will have an exclusive perk over WhatsApp and Kik, but in the overall standings, won’t exactly come out on top.

      • Who says it has to come out on top? So long as it’s available, I would gladly move to it whenever WhatsApp/Viber start getting greedy…you’ll probably be wishing they existed if that ever happens.

      • Markus Promtus

        i personally feel the best advantage bbm has over any other im service is the bb pin and how on blackberry’s the pin never changes so if anyone steals it it can easily be traced cause of the pin… BTW iphone user here…jus stating the one feature bbm has that i personaly like

      • Joseph Thebigragu Plaza

        Good feature but either way, unless that PIN can track a phone within a foot of where its located you’ll never get it back.

      • Joseph Thebigragu Plaza

        BB knows their device is garbage and not moving units so they figure why not get in on the iPhone game in a more intimate fashion (let’s not copy their device anymore, lets just make apps for it that are controversial for the companies that are already making money and take a cut of their profits).

  • Luis Fernando Rodríguez

    At least in Mexico theres people that still uses BBM, on BB10 series or even on the past series.

    • Canchume

      pero ninguna sirve jajajaja

      • chepeloni

        en ecuador es igual … yo si lo instalo, chingue su mare lol

    • Elias Chao

      Pero también hay muchos usuarios de Blackberry que usan Whatsapp, por ser multiplataforma. Desde mi punto de vista, los usuarios de Blackberry usan más Whatsapp, a menos que la mayoría de sus amigos sean ‘blackberry users’.

      P.D.: Nunca pensé comentar algo en español en iDownloadblog.

    • Joseph Thebigragu Plaza

      I didn’t know Mexico was on the same level as America when it comes to technology.

  • M Last

    Blackberry go f**k yourself
    I am not interested in your hardware&software anymore!

    • sjah07

      You’re a cunt.

  • Swifity

    I will definitely use it because I have aunts and uncles who are still on blackberry for business, they use bbm quite frequently. So I can keep in touch with them.

    • Elias Chao

      Or you can said them to download Line, Whatsapp or something like that, I mean, IM’s I said are cross-platform.

  • sjah07

    …we wouldn’t be surprised to see it missing a few features…

    I think it probably has all the features; if I were in BlackBerry’s position, I would make this app as great as I possibly could, since I would want to advertise and impress people with the service!

  • Maze

    BBM was a big part of my younger life with my friends, until it died out. My friends and I are excited to be getting it back. I hope it turns out fine

  • fl0manel

    As BlackBerry is pushing BBM out to Android and iOS, I’m wondering what the future will look like for BBM. As BlackBerry is for sale, and there is no clear indication on who is planning on buying the company, the road of BBM’s future is quite foggy. It’ll be interesting to see just what happens to BlackBerry and their software as well as their hardware.

    • lemonhead

      Ehmm wrong the company was splitting it self so BBM is now a company.

  • seyss

    a 1000-word article on a ~200 character tweet.

  • JulianZHuang

    same functions as other msg apps.

  • drewstone

    great news for the 12 people still using blackberries whose all friends have IOS.

  • Mark

    What takes it so long? I’m starting to loose hope on this thing.