Apple finally caves, announces plan to bring RCS to iPhones in 2024

16 November 2023
Google will feel vindicated, but note that this doesn't mean blue bubbles on Android.

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  • kek
  • GBh
  • 17 Nov 2023

lmao, good for Apple if they keep the green bubbles.

Maybe people will finally grow up and get over it.

On the other hand, for anyone happy over this, go read who owns the servers for RCS

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    • cyber
    • S2D
    • 17 Nov 2023

    green bubbles should be ignored like a pesky bugs

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      • Anonymous
      • 0p}
      • 17 Nov 2023

      KalyanD, 17 Nov 2023I actually think this is great news for phone messaging. I&... moreGoogle has been pushing for Apple to adopt RCS thinking they will then eliminate the green bubbles in iMessage and more people will adopt Google's messaging app for instant messaging. Most likely neither is going to happen. Apple will keep the blue bubble/green bubble divide by displaying all RCS messages in green bubbles. And those using an alternative messaging app such as WhatsApp, Telegram, Line, Viber, WeChat etc. will just keep on using those apps instead of the default Google messaging app.

        I actually think this is great news for phone messaging. I'm glad Apple has adopted RCS support finally. I don't really care if it's still green on a iPhone. I care about encryption and everything else RCS offers. Can't wait.

          Service Pack, 16 Nov 2023Apple Music on android FaceTime on android (join only) iP... moreIt's basically Tim Cook doing his "best" to evade the EU scrutiny. Rather than being forced into some messaging interoperability standard dictated by some government, Apple probbaly see it's better to just tack on RCS support just to dismiss the argument.

            Mills, 17 Nov 2023https://www.forbes.com/sites/zakdoffman/2022/09/10/why-appl... moreWhatsapp and Signal are e2ee. Again, the problem is already solved. Nobody cares about RCS or iMessage.

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              • Mills
              • kB5
              • 17 Nov 2023

              potato4k, 17 Nov 2023Billions of people? US population is just 340million. Me... morehttps://www.forbes.com/sites/zakdoffman/2022/09/10/why-apple-iphone-ipad-mac-google-android-and-even-windows-10-users-need-secure-messaging/ (focus on the title, not the article itself).

              Nobody cares about iMessage but still, a billion people is a lot

                Service Pack, 16 Nov 2023Apple Music on android FaceTime on android (join only) iP... moreAfter Apple almost died in the late 1990s, they reinvented themselves as an open standards company. You could put an Apple device anywhere and it worked without integration hassles.

                As soon as they were integrated they gave everyone the middle finger and started moving to proprietary designs again.

                The timing of embracing an open standard again is unusual. Maybe antitrust lawsuits were going to hit really hard.

                  Mills, 17 Nov 20231 - who's "we"? 2 - Nobody doesn't mea... moreBillions of people? US population is just 340million.

                  Meanwhile, more than 80% of China uses Wechat, and that's more than 1 billion. Latest stats shows that more than 480million Indians use Whatsapp. Those are just 2 countries, and their numbers already way above the whole US population.

                  So yeah, practically speaking, nobody cares about iMessage.

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                    • Mills
                    • kB5
                    • 17 Nov 2023

                    TOm, 17 Nov 2023Nobody uses text anymore. use viber, telegram, whatsapp, me... more1 - who's "we"?
                    2 - Nobody doesn't mean everyone. It means you and the people around you. You don't speak for billions of people.
                    3 - Yes, people do use iMessage. Just because you don't doesnt mean "nobody" does

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                      • Anonymous
                      • nyc
                      • 17 Nov 2023

                      Service Pack, 16 Nov 2023Apple Music on android FaceTime on android (join only) iP... moreI ♥️ EU...

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                        • TOm
                        • P@d
                        • 17 Nov 2023

                        Nobody uses text anymore. use viber, telegram, whatsapp, messenger. We do not care about imessage over here.

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                          • Anonymous
                          • nyc
                          • 17 Nov 2023

                          Anonymous, 16 Nov 2023European union is trying so hard to turn iphone into android As it should. More competition, better for users.

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                            • Anonymous
                            • vaS
                            • 17 Nov 2023

                            Anonymous, 16 Nov 2023Green bubble-poor Blue bubble. - rich With that mental... moreSadly the Apple logo twists people's minds. It's associated with being rich except lots of them were bought by their parent's money.
                            Worse, lots of iphone owners had money to buy one but not have extra money for warranty (used, 3rd party) or maintenance lmao.

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                              • Anonymous
                              • vaS
                              • 17 Nov 2023

                              Baldilocks73, 16 Nov 2023I only use iMessage. I find it odd, downloading a 3rd party... moreYes. It's amazing to have choices not limited from what you get out of the box.
                              You know, those that have features that go beyond changing the color of bubbles. Ahahahhahaah

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                                • jason
                                • EUf
                                • 17 Nov 2023

                                I don't want the world. I just want a removable battery, headphone jack and SD card slot.

                                I know apple never had some of those things, but for lame reasons, other smartphone companies want to copy apples design. If getting want I want means Apple needs to include all of what I said, so be it.

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                                  • Anonymous
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                                  • 17 Nov 2023

                                  Anonymous, 16 Nov 2023European union is trying so hard to turn iphone into android Making sure something as outdated as SMS actually becomes worth using is apparently a bad thing new...imagine living under THAT rock.

                                    Curious how Apple will "support" it. Have a feeling Apple will simply support RCS if the carrier you're using support it, ie just putting support for the protocol on the messages app. This is different than Google's Messages on Android where Google is the one setting up the server and providing the service itself.

                                    And yes, this will literally be a US only thing as majority of carriers outside the US don't support, or even have dropped support for RCS. If you're outside the US and using RCS, your are highly likely using Google's RCS.

                                      Why would they target Nothing like that. Poor Nothing.

                                        You people are crazy if you think Apple will finally get rid of green text bubbles. The only new things will be RCS features and the "Texting via SMS" will be changed to "Texting via RCS".