December 1, 2023

Apple as we speak confirmed that it’ll add Wealthy Communications Providers (RCS) help to the iPhone in 2024 to enhance communications interoperability with Android. And, after all, to adjust to new European laws just like the Digital Markets Act (DMA).

“Later subsequent 12 months, we will likely be including help for RCS Common Profile, the usual as at the moment revealed by the GSM Affiliation,” an Apple assertion reads. “We consider the RCS Common Profile will provide a greater interoperability expertise when in comparison with SMS or MMS. This can work alongside iMessage, which is able to proceed to be the most effective and most safe messaging expertise for Apple customers.”

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That final bit is probably going vital: Apple may have merely made iMessage suitable with RCS, which might have ended this drama as soon as and for all. However as an alternative, RCS will work alongside SMS and MMS within the iPhone’s Messages app as an choice for customers who textual content with non-iPhone customers. So this received’t actually finish the “blue bubble, inexperienced bubble” silliness.

Like iMessage, RCS helps high-resolution media, audio messages, learn receipts, and different superior options that SMS/MMS lack. However not like iMessage, RCS can be a global commonplace for textual content messaging, and it’s utilized by a lot of the non-Apple world, together with in Android.

Effectively, this will likely be fascinating.