Apple announced on Thursday that it will be adding RCS support to the iPhone in 2024. This move is aimed at improving interoperability between iOS and Android, addressing the current issues with messaging between the two platforms. The implementation of RCS will allow for better quality media sharing and more secure messaging.
This decision comes after Google has been pressuring Apple to adopt RCS, arguing that SMS is less secure and urging the company to make the switch. With RCS, users can expect features like typing indicators, read receipts, and high-quality media sharing, similar to what is already available on Android devices through the Google Messages app.
The lack of RCS support for iPhone has been particularly problematic in North America, where group chats and media sharing between iOS and Android devices have been subpar. This move by Apple is expected to significantly improve the overall messaging experience for users on both platforms.
While Apple did not specify when RCS support will be rolled out, it is likely to be part of the next major update. The company reassured users that iMessage will continue to be the best and most secure messaging experience for Apple users, and RCS support will exist alongside iMessage in the Apple Messages app.
This decision by Apple has not only been influenced by Google’s efforts, but also by regulatory authorities. Regulators have been looking into iMessage and its impact on competition, with some considering it a gatekeeper. The European Union has been particularly active in this area, and while the addition of RCS support is a step in the right direction, it remains to be seen how it will affect future regulatory decisions.
Overall, the addition of RCS support to the iPhone is a significant development that will improve the messaging experience for users and enhance interoperability between iOS and Android. Users can look forward to a more seamless and secure messaging experience once RCS support is implemented.