Is iMessage more trouble than it’s worth?

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As Apple continues its quest to turn cloud computing into the next Facebook-like trend in technology, one problem after another arises.

Don’t get me wrong, I believe sharing on the web is fantastic. Without our synced calendars, my wife and I would never make an appointment. (Calendar syncing has its own issues, but that’s a story for an other day.)


In one of  its later iterations of iOS, Apple launched iMessaging, which gives apple device users the ability to share text messages across devices. For example, I can text my wife from my iMac, and pick up the conversation on my iPhone, because we have iMessaging activated.

The good and the bad

Some technology help sites promote iMessage as a way to communicate with your children. I can send texts to my son’s iPod or my daughter’s iPad. Pretty cool, right?

Here’s the rub. My son and daughter can read any text sent to me by someone with iMessaging.

Tech savvy users are likely saying, “But you can turn off iMessaging,” and they are right. When I do this on my kids’ devices, though, then they can’t text anyone, unless they have their own accounts.

As I’ve stated in the past, I am an Apple guy through and through. It frustrates me, though, that a company this smart doesn’t provide easy fixes for big problems like this.

Is iMessage an intelligent Apple feature? Sure. It it worth the trouble? At this point, I’d have to say no.

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Mark Barnes is the author of many education books, including Bestseller Hacking Education, part of his Hack Learning Series, books that solve big problems with simple ideas. Barnes presents internationally on assessment, connected education, and student-centered learning. Join more than 100,000 interested educators who follow @markbarnes19 on Twitter.

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