Apple to Adopt RCS Messaging Protocol for iPhones in 2024

It’s very surprising to hear that Apple will soon implement the RCS messaging feature for its iPhones in 2024. The RCS messaging standard will be rolled out to the users through a software update, which is going to come later next year, and is going to come with a slew of new functionalities to offer iMessaging-style features of texting among iPhone as well as Android users. 

Although Apple has taken this decision, there was a lot of pressure from competitors such as Google and Samsung. At the same time, Apple is going to work with Google to adopt the RCS messaging feature for the iPhones. 

In the meantime, an Apple Spokesperson said, “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”. 

The RCS feature introduces several iMessage-style functionalities for the cross-platform messaging capability among iPhone and Android smartphones, including read receipts, typing indicators, better quality pictures, videos, and much more. Even this implementation of RCS will offer users the capability to share their location with others within texts.

Furthermore, Apple states that iMessage will continue as a messaging platform for iPhones. It will just replace SMS and MMS and will exist separately from the iMessages when it’s available. Meanwhile, Apple claims that RCS currently doesn’t have encryption support, which is as strong as iMessage.  

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Finally, Apple further claims that the brand is working with the GSMA team in order to improve the RCS protocol, including enhancing the security and encryption of the RCS messaging standards.

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