Automattic 買下 Beeper

沒想到後續消息居然會是這個,在 Hacker News 上看到 Automattic 買下 Beeper 的消息:「Beeper acquired by Automattic (WordPress) (」,原文在「Beeper is joining Automattic」這邊。

先前因為弄出與 iMessage 相通的工具而知名,當時還追過這個新聞:


Matt, Automattic’s CEO, and I have known each other for years. He was an early user, supporter and investor in Beeper.

不確定買下來能做什麼,新聞稿上講得是很冠冕堂皇... 但對 Beeper 的創辦人這邊大概就是順利脫手?當時 Apple 的態度讓 iMessage 相容性這條路走到 dead end;對 Automattic 這邊大概就是希望這群人做 IM project?

不過當時已經買了 (參考當時的新聞「 owner buys all-in-one messaging app for $50M」),原來這組人是有什麼狀況嗎...?

Beeper 宣佈新的手機號碼註冊方式,另外後續應該不會再更新了

Beeper 連續兩篇更新:「iMessage and Phone Registration Are Back - Kinda」、「Beeper - Moving Forward」。

第一篇提到新的手機號碼註冊方式,需要用舊的 iPhone 手機 jailbreak (iPhone 6iPhone X):

📱 Have an old iPhone (6/6s/SE1/7/8/X) and a Mac or Linux computer (Raspberry Pi works) - you’re in luck! Follow our instructions (takes only 10-15 minutes) to jailbreak your iPhone, install a Beeper tool to generate iMessage registration code, then update to the latest Beeper Mini app and enter your code. Phone number registration will now work! Leave the iPhone plugged into power, at home, connected to wifi.

從「How To - Register Phone Number With iMessage」可以看到是用 jailbreak 的方式取得對應的 token (code) 再丟進 Beeper Mini:


As much as we want to fight for what we believe is a fantastic product that really should exist, the truth is that we can’t win a cat-and-mouse game with the largest company on earth.

然後後續會把力氣放到新的 IM 開發:

In the new year, we’re shifting focus back to our long-term goal of building the best chat app on earth.


Beeper Mini 恢復,並且先提供免費使用

前幾天提到「蘋果出手幹掉 Beeper Mini 了」,當天就有進度了,不過到了昨天官方的說明才出來:「Beeper Mini Is Back」,Hacerk News 上對應的討論在「Beeper Mini is back (」這邊可以看到。

目前的 iMessage 只剩下 e-mail 的部分,電話號碼的部分目前是掛的,看起來是想辦法繼續繞:

Phone number registration is not working yet. All users must now sign in with an AppleID. Messages will be sent and received via your email address rather than phone number. We’re currently working on a fix for this.

另外值得一提的是,這幾天 iOS 有推更新,但在「About the security content of iOS 17.2 and iPadOS 17.2」與「About the security content of iOS 16.7.3 and iPadOS 16.7.3」裡面沒看到跟 iMessage 有關的說明。(當然也有可能塞進去卻沒有講...)

所以基於現在的情況,他們決定先免費提供使用 (另外一方面是行銷操作,這樣會帶來更多安裝數量):

We’ve made Beeper free to use. Things have been a bit chaotic, and we’re not comfortable subjecting paying users to this. As soon as things stabilize (we hope they will), we’ll look at turning on subscriptions again. If you want to keep supporting us, feel free to leave the subscription on 🙂.

另外後面的這句話有帶出一些額外的訊息,提到他們有聯絡蘋果,但沒有從蘋果那邊收到任何消息,這也代表他們應該還沒收到 C&D 之類的要求:

Despite reaching out, we still have not heard anything directly from Apple.


話說隔壁棚 GoogleEpic 那邊的戰場可熱鬧了...

蘋果出手幹掉 Beeper Mini 了

前幾天在「Android 上與 Apple 生態系 iMessage 互通的 app」這篇提到的 Beeper Mini 被蘋果幹掉了:「Apple cuts off Beeper Mini’s access after launch of service that brought iMessage to Android」。

目前的 update 看起來要想辦法繞?

所以看起來蘋果的態度沒有要放,然後接下來應該會貓捉老鼠?不過蘋果的機器上面有硬體可以認證,真的把 iMessage 接上資料庫驗證的話應該就繞不過了...