Since the introduction of iMessage in iOS 5 there has been a glaring omission in the service, which I remarked upon earlier this year. Currently the Messages app on the iPad won’t allow users to add their mobile number to outgoing or inbound messages, which means anyone who also owns an iPhone can’t always keep messages in sync between the two devices.
With iOS 6, however, Apple is introducing the functionality to link a user’s phone number to their Apple ID:
This is a hugely welcome feature as it allows users to keep messages within one thread, despite the device they may be using to send the message from. For example, during the day, users may prefer to use their iPhone, and at home in the evening, they’ll be able to seamlessly transfer to their iPad, without breaking the stream.
I’ll be covering other iOS 6 improvements in other posts.