Apple has announced that it will be adding support for Rich Communication Services (RCS) to the iPhone next year. This comes after pressure from Google and Samsung to adopt the messaging standard. RCS offers features similar to iMessage, such as end-to-end encryption, read receipts, and the ability to send high-quality photos and videos.
This move is seen as a step towards modernizing and securing messaging for all users, regardless of their smartphone. Apple plans to implement RCS as a separate messaging option for iPhone users, with SMS still available as a backup.
During a statement released today, Google expressed its pleasure with Apple’s decision to embrace RCS, saying that everyone deserves modern and secure communication on their phones. The company looks forward to working with Apple to implement RCS on iOS in a way that benefits everyone.
Apple has also mentioned its intention to work with the GSMA to add stronger encryption to RCS. This announcement comes after Google’s assurance that RCS will have 1 billion users worldwide by the end of this year, with the hope that every mobile operating system will adopt the messaging standard.
Overall, this move is expected to improve the messaging experience for iPhone users and bring them in line with the modern features offered by RCS. The implementation is set to take place sometime next year, with the aim of ensuring equitable and secure communication for all smartphone users.