It has been suggested that starting in 2024, Apple will update the software on certain iPhone models to support RCS.
It has been stated that Apple is aiming to enhance the texting experience between Android and iPhone smartphones by implementing the Rich Communication Services (RCS) protocol by 2024. Along with various messaging capabilities including read receipts, typing indicators, sharing high-quality photos and videos, and more, the new RCS standard will function with iMessage. RCS can operate over Wi-Fi or mobile data. The RCS messaging protocol is currently supported by Android phones and carriers. It’s expected that a software update would bring the capability to iPhone models in the upcoming year.
Rich Communication Services (RCS) support for the iPhone will begin to roll out in the upcoming year, according to a report from 9to5Mac.
“Later next year, we will be adding support for RCS Universal Profile, the standard as currently published by the GSM Association,” the newspaper quotes the speaker as saying. Compared to SMS or MMS, we think RCS Universal Profile will provide a superior interoperability experience. This will function in conjunction with iMessage, which will remain the greatest and safest texting app for Apple consumers. We’ve requested a statement from Apple.
Next year, a software update for iPhone models will introduce the RCS feature, which will bring a plethora of iMessage-like functionalities to chatting between Android and iPhone users, such as typing indicators and read receipts.
resolution images and movies between iPhone and Android smartphones. People will be able to swiftly manage group discussions and share their position in text threads once iPhone devices support RCS. Unlike standard SMS, RCS is compatible with both Wi-Fi and cellular networks. Similar to SMS messages, RCS communications may be shown in green.
For almost a year, Apple had delayed the GSM Association-backed RCS standard in spite of repeated pleas from Google and Samsung. Nationwide Android phone providers have already embraced the messaging standard. The integration of RCS with the iPhone is expected to facilitate equitable communication between Android and iPhone models.
Nevertheless, iMessage will only be available on Apple products.
Google’s Senior Vice President of Platforms and Ecosystems, Hiroshi Lockheimer, wrote on X (previously Twitter) in response to Apple’s latest announcement: “Everyone should have secure and modern messaging without worrying what kind of phone they’re texting to.” I’m thrilled that Apple is joining our continued RCS efforts with the GSMA to improve texting for everyone.
Additionally, the news was made only a few days after Nothing, lead by Carl Pei, said that a new feature on their Android phones will enable iMessage.