AT&T and Apple plan to release an update that will bring support for MMS (multimedia Messaging Service) to the most recent iPhone models.
This carrier promised its customers earlier this year that they would be getting MMS service in the near future, but has not announced the date… until now.
AT&T will release an new version of the iPhone OS on September 25. This will bring MMS support to the iPhone 3GS and 3G, but not the original version.
For those who are unfamiliar with it, MMS is an advanced form of texting (SMS) that allows users to add images and sounds.
Why the Delay?
Apple didn’t add support for MMS to the iPhone OS until earlier this summer, with the latest version. This debuted with the iPhone 3GS, and an update was released for the earlier versions of this smartphone, too.
But SMS service wasn’t initially available to AT&T customers. According to this carrier, the popularity of the iPhone made it necessary for it to build up its network MMS architecture to be able to handle the expected traffic before it could add this service.