BBM for iOS Channels iPhone 6 screenshot

BlackBerry is rolling out a new version of BBM for iOS with support for Apple’s latest iOS 8 mobile operating system, native display support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus screen sizes, the ability to send stickers in a group chat and more.

“You can’t help but notice the sleek and modern design updates like a flat UI and attractive transparencies,“ boasted Canada’s embattled company. The overhaul makes the app look sharp across supported Apple devices.

As mentioned above, your messaging experience in BBM just got souped up with the addition of big, bold stickers in groups. Speaking of stickers, all paid BBM sticker packs are currently 99 cents for a limited time.

Over time, BBM has picked up quite a few useful features. For example, the last update added timed messages so you can now set how long contacts have access to messages and pictures shared in a chat, in a manner similar to other ephemeral messaging apps out there.

Moreover, today’s BBM 2.6 update has introduced an enhanced timed messaging option with the ability to set a message sending timer that lasts up to 60 seconds, up from just fifteen seconds before. The increase lets your friends see these timed messages and pictures multiple times until the timer expires.

BBM for iOS Timed Messages 001

Next, no longer do images sent via a chat appear fuzzy because the app now transfer images in high resolution.

Another cool feature: message retraction. As the name suggests, BBM makes it possible to retract a message to remove it from your BBM chat so you won’t embarrass yourself realizing a fraction of a second too late that you sent a message to the wrong person.

Here’s message retraction in action.

Timed messaging and message retraction are available at no cost through the end of January, after which these premium features will become part of a BBM subscription.

BBM 2.6 for iOS and Android was announced over the weekend and should be rolling out later today. Oh, and folks who use Android will be happy to know that BBM now supports Android 5.0 Lollipop and has a brand new landscape mode.

Grab BBM for free in the App Store.

[BlackBerry Blog]

  • Mark

    haven’t received update yet. I am on iphone 6 plus

  • Let’s face it. Who is using it? What’sapp is the best

    • Iliyan

      I don’t know if BBM is great or bad, but what I do know is I don’t use it. And I don’t know anyone who does. That says a lot.

      • yermum

        You wouldn’t want to either. Besides the omnipresent basic connectivity challenges that the software always faces (poorest app for reliable transmission of messages), you also have security issues, and to top it off you get spam notifications from third parties. Who does that?

    • therealjjohnson

      If im not on iMessage then im in GroupMe.

    • Mark

      yeah, I hear ya. The only time i use it is on the plane so I can text my wife. she has a blackberry. Since BBM can use internet instead of cell signal it works on a plane…other than that, it’s useless. way late to party.

    • I am.

  • Cody

    Blackberry is always late to the game, huh?

  • iMan

    515DD079 🙂

  • Jonathan

    I’d rather yank the phone from my boss’s hand and delete the message than download BBM.

  • Enjoying it on my OnePlus One. No worries of any creep eaves dropping on conversations, and conversations aren’t saved on any third party’s HDD, so, messages only transmit if friend is online…

  • John Cooper 

    Black what?

  • John Cooper 

    I just remembered, I deleted it few weeks ago. I never used it

  • praz

    to all the people who are saying we dont use it nor do we know anyone who uses it , i have one word for you : ASIA

  • Suhshsdhj

    A good chatting app is an app with the most people on it

  • Nabil A Swileh

    where is the update, I can’t find it?!! the last update in App store was 31 Nov.

  • Faisal AlMazmi

    I haven’t received it yet!

  • Mark

    Still not out. Wtf.

  • Nabil A Swileh

    The BBM Page in App Store doesn’t show what is new section or version history.!!!