Apple finally agrees to bring RCS support to iPhone next year: Report

Apple is reportedly working towards improving the texting experience between iPhone and Android devices by adopting the RCS (Rich Communication Services) protocol in 2024. The new RCS standard will work with iMessage and bring a number of messaging features including read receipts, typing indicators, the ability to Share high-quality images and videos and more. RCS can work over mobile data or Wi-Fi. Currently, Android phones and carriers support the RCS messaging standard. It is being said that this feature will reach iPhone models through software update next year.

according to a report Via 9to5Mac, an Apple spokesperson said in a statement that the iPhone will receive RCS (Rich Communication Services) support starting next year. The report said – “Late next year, we will add support for the RCS Universal Profile, which is currently the standard published by the GSM Association. We believe that the RCS Universal Profile will be more efficient than SMS or MMS “It will provide an improved interoperability experience. It will work with iMessage, continuing to be the best and most secure messaging experience for Apple users”.

The RCS feature will launch on iPhone models via a software update next year and will add a wide range of iMessage-style features to messaging between iPhone and Android users, including read receipts and typing indicators. Additionally, users will be able to share and receive high-resolution photos and videos between iPhone and Android handsets with the new protocol. The adoption of RCS on iPhone models will also let people share their location in text threads and conduct group chats instantly. Unlike regular SMS, RCS can also work over cellular and Wi-Fi. RCS messages may be shown in green like SMS messages.

Despite repeated requests from Google and Samsung, Apple had pushed back the RCS standard supported by the GSM Association for more than a year. The messaging standard has already been adopted by Android phones and carriers across the country. The implementation of RCS on iPhone will lead to a balanced communication experience between Android and iPhone models. However, iMessage will remain exclusive to Apple devices.

In response to Apple’s new announcement, Google’s senior vice president of platforms and ecosystems, Hiroshi Lockheimer, posted on x (formerly Twitter) – “Everyone should be able to send secure and modern messages regardless of what type of phone they’re messaging on. It’s great to see Apple working to make messaging better for everyone.” Joining our ongoing work with GSMA on RCS!”.

The announcement comes just days after Carl Pei-led Nothing announced that its Android phones will support iMessage through a new feature.


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