Apple reportedly to support RCS, the iMessage-like successor to SMS

“Touted as an upgraded version of SMS, RCS is being spearheaded by the carriers, Microsoft, and Google,” Chance Miller reports for 9to5Mac. “Now, it appears that Apple also might be involved in RCS, at least in some capacity.”

“On Reddit, a slide from an October GSMA event has surfaced. The GSMA is a trade body representing mobile network operators. While the event took place on October 24th, the contents of the slide haven’t been widely reported on thus far,” Miller reports. “According to the purported slide from the conference, Apple has ‘engaged in discussions with the GSMA and Operators about including RCS in iOS.'”

“RCS has support for things such as read receipts and typing indicators, high-quality image, group messaging, and more,” Miller reports. “Obviously, these are all features of iMessage as it stands today. Apple integrating RCS would essentially mean that those iMessage-like features would come to the infamous “green bubble” conversations on iOS too.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Why would Apple want to significantly improve the messaging experience for those who settle for pretend iPhones? If Apple were concerned about that, they’ve have released Messages for Android already or maybe, just maybe, they’re about to finally do so?

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  1. Adding the new features via RCS still doesn’t give them iMessage. While I’m sure the features will be revolutionary to most Android sufferers, in reality it’s just lipstick on a pig.

    1. While it may not give Android iMessage, it brings non-iOS OSes parity with the features presented in iMessage to a significantly larger audience. If Apple doesn’t support RCS they’ll just be left behind. The question is will Apple support it via an App separate from iMessage or be integrated into iMessage and possibly risk security/privacy issues in a currently ‘safe’ App. If the former, iMessage may ‘lose’ users to the RCS compliant one.

  2. I wonder if Apple would consider releasing iMessage for Android for the same reason (and state it as such) to show those users what they’re missing out on, much like when they released Safari and iTunes on Windows? If I remember correctly, the hope was to entice Windows users to go all the way and get a Mac after trying out Apple’s better preforming browser/software. I would think doing that on Android would serve the same purpose.

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