Apple is bringing RCS support for the iPhone in the coming year. Tech giant Apple is reportedly adopting the texting standard and with that said, it will work alongside iMessage, a spokesperson of the company revealed to 9to5Mac.
Apple RCS Support for iPhone
Apple according to several reports could be making a huge step toward improving texting between iPhone and Android devices simply by adopting the Rich Communication Services standard in the coming year, 2024.
And according to 9to5Mac on Thursday, a spokesperson from Apple in a statement stated that RCS which in case you don’t know is a more feature-rich texting standard that is available on Android phones will reportedly be coming to the iPhone and it will work alongside iMessage. Apple however did not respond to requests for comment immediately on the matter.
“Later next year, we will be adding support for RCS Universal Profile, the standard as currently published by the GSM Association,” an Apple spokesperson in a statement to 9to5Mac stated. “We believe RCS Universal Profile will offer a better interoperability experience when compared to SMS or MMS. This will work alongside iMessage, which will continue to be the best and most secure messaging experience for Apple users.”
Time and Availability of the Feature
An exact time frame for the availability of the feature wasn’t given either. The move in question may just lead to a vast improvement in the way texts are sent between Apple iPhones and other phones, as RCS as you should know has the capability to support typing indicators, high-quality media sharing, and in-line reactions. RCS at the moment handles these very features for texts between Android phones that are making use of the Google Messages app, which is the default texting app on many Android phones.
“Everyone deserves to communicate with each other in ways that are modern and secure, no matter what phone they have. That’s why we have worked closely with the mobile industry to accelerate the adoption of RCS, and we’re happy to see Apple take their first step today by coming on board to embrace RCS,” a Google spokesperson in a statement stated. “We welcome Apple’s participation in our ongoing work with GSMA to evolve RCS and make messaging more equitable and secure, and look forward to working with them to implement this on iOS in a way that works well for everyone.”
What This Means for iMessage If This Development Goes Through
And should this development indeed take place, it does not necessarily mean that all of the best iMessage features of Apple would be available to Android users all of a sudden. Both Apple and Google on their own end have included their very own exclusive features in their texting apps, such as the Check In feature of Apple for location sharing as well as Google’s Magic Compose feature that makes use of artificial intelligence to draft texts. It just also might not mean the death of the green bubble vs. blue bubble situation.
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