Apple surrenders: RCS will finally come to iPhones in 2024

RCS will provide many iMessage-like features for cross-platform messaging between Apple iPhones and Androids.
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For some reason, the color of chat bubbles is extremely important to people in the US. Blue is good, green is bad, at least according to most users. As a European, you tend to have no opinion on this – here you have WhatsApp, Telegram and Facebook Messenger. But in the US, chat bubbles are important. And unfortunately that will remain the case with today’s groundbreaking announcement from Apple.

The company finally surrendered and announced that it plans to introduce RCS as part of iOS on its iPhones starting next year. RCS is the Android counterpart to iMessage. It is a similar standard that works in addition to SMS, but its functionality is more similar to the messengers mentioned above. In the future, both systems will work on Apple smartphones. And we strongly suspect that messages sent via RCS will continue to get green bubbles.

9to5Mac already received a response from an Apple spokesperson:

“Later next year, we will be adding support for RCS Universal Profile, the standard as currently published by the GSM Association. We believe RCS Universal Profile will offer a better interoperability experience when compared to SMS or MMS. This will work alongside iMessage, which will continue to be the best and most secure messaging experience for Apple users.”

Apple press department

RCS will provide many iMessage-like features for cross-platform messaging between iPhones and Androids. These include read receipts, typing indicators, sending high-resolution images and videos, or location sharing. The chat bubbles will still be green, though. Interestingly, the young Android brand Nothing has just developed a way to get blue bubbles on an Android device with Nothing Chats.


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