has not been hero Surprisingly: Apple may be aware that the European Union will require it to open iMessage by March 2024.
The iPhone will get RCS next year
So, the company has now announced that it will support RCS, the standard messaging platform on Android which is much newer than SMS with support for high-resolution images and more.
Apple blog 9To5Mac is the one with the scoop. Apple explains this to the online newspaper:
“Later next year, we will add support for RCS Universal Profile, which is the standard currently published by the GSM Association. We believe that RCS Universal Profile will provide a better interoperability experience compared to SMS and MMS. This will work alongside iMessage, which will still The best and most secure messaging experience for Apple users.
As we expected, RCS will work with iMessage, which Apple unsurprisingly believes is the “best and most secure” way to send instant messages.
“RCS will simply replace SMS and MMS and will exist separately from iMessage when available. SMS and MMS will also remain available as a backup when needed,” Apple says.
Here’s what we wrote about the EU-related issue in early October:
“Since September, the European Commission has been investigating iMessage, Bing, Edge and Microsoft Advertising. Feedback from members is expected within a week, and they must complete the survey within five months.
DMA legislation states, on a general basis, that third-party apps and app stores are permitted and easy to use. It should also be easy for the user to switch to the desired standard application, and not make it complicated. Last year we thought that iMessage should be open to third parties, but now that it’s been examined further, we’re less sure about what’s going on.
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