It’s an interesting problem, but I don’t think separating the two is the solution. iMessage is great and so is IM, and they are two very different communication methods, BUT one is the future and one is the past.
Still gotta read this, but you can see that the thing I wrote this morning about how iChat’s potential incorporation of iMessages, and how it feels off, looks like it could get resolved in their new Messages app. The concept of the two window, buddy list and chat window, model is gone, thankfully.
iChat, you’ve had a good run — well, a decent one, at least. But Apple’s desktop messaging system was never quite so user-friendly as the one offered up in iOS. So, rather than trying to make iChat more like iMessage, Apple is simply swapping one out for the other. That’s a theme you’ll see here across these updates — where Apple found a shortcoming in OS X, it didn’t rejigger the existing app or attempt to start from scratch; it simply ported functionality over from iOS.
Also, goodbye Growl.
…I anticipated I’d enjoy it so much more. That it would become an extension of online chatting, making it more intimate and personal, giving us the opportunity to be with one another no matter where we are. Turns out it’s actually the most awkward 40-plus minutes you’ll spend in a given day.