Miracles do happen. BlackBerry today announced that BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) will be available on iOS and Android this summer as a free download.
On the BlackBerry blog, BlackBerry employee Donny Halliwell stated that availability is dependent on approval by the Apple App Store and Google Play. BBM for iOS is huge, considering the number of people that use the system: over 51 million daily active users who use BBM an average of 1.5 hours per day, sending over 10 billion messages per day.
Rumors about an iOS version of BBM first started floating around in earnest in March of 2011, but this is the first word from BlackBerry that the app will actually appear.
BBM for iOS should feature the ability to do multi-person chats, allow the sharing of voice notes, and create BlackBerry Groups for sharing calendars, photos, files and more with groups up to 30 people.