Apple has announced that it will add support for the RCS standard on iOS in 2024, resolving the issue of compatibility in text messaging between iPhones and Android devices. The move is a significant reversal for Apple, which has long been criticized for perpetuating fragmentation in messaging ecosystems by not supporting RCS.
The change comes after repeated requests from Google and public pressure to add support for RCS to iPhones. RCS is a messaging standard that supercharges traditional SMS with modern features such as richer texts and end-to-end encryption. The adoption of RCS could enable support for read receipts, typing indicators, high-res images, and videos when sending texts between iPhone and Android devices.
The addition of RCS support to iPhones is a welcome development for users who have long been frustrated by the lack of compatibility between iPhones and Android devices. The move will resolve the issue of the “green bubble” dread, which refers to the visual distinction seen when a message is sent from an Android user to an iPhone, where it appears in a green bubble.
Apple’s decision to add support for RCS is a significant step towards interoperability and user convenience. The move will simplify messaging ecosystems and provide users with more options for communicating with each other.
The adoption of RCS will also bring iPhones in line with most Android devices, which have been using RCS for several years. The move is part of Apple’s ongoing efforts to improve user experience and ensure that its products are compatible with other devices and services.
Apple’s decision to add support for RCS to iPhones is a significant reversal that will resolve the issue of compatibility in text messaging between iPhones and Android devices. The move is a welcome development for users who have long been frustrated by the lack of interoperability between devices.