yes the update has been great. i love the new features besides the ones u mentioned. u can change the chat bubble colors and a few other minor things. come on Apple and allow them to use push so this app can reach its full potential
I would first verify that you do have the latest version. go into the beejive app and hit the "more" button on the bottom right of the screen. choose "about beejiveIM" and check the version. mine says 184.108.40.206 which just came out a couple of days ago.
on my settings screen with this version, I get settings for incoming bubble color and outgoing bubble color.
you're not on the latest version. go to your app store app and hit the "updates" button on the bottom right of the screen. it should find an update for beejive. install that and you should be good to go!