Apple to Support RCS Standards in iPhones This Year!

Apple to Support RCS Standards in iPhones This Year!

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Apple is set to begin supporting RCS standards in iPhones in the second half of this year, with the latest reports shedding light on why Apple is making this change.

Apple’s announcement of RCS support in iPhones was among the unexpected surprises from Apple this year, as Google has long been pushing Apple to support these standards.

Previously, Apple refused to change its strategy tailored to iPhone users, considering iMessage as one of its key marketing points. Apple allowed iPhone users to communicate with features such as read receipts, typing indicators, end-to-end encryption, high-quality photo sharing, and longer messages. However, these features were limited to communication between iPhone users.

Apple to Support RCS Standards in iPhones This Year!

Although these features are supported in Android devices, they will not be available when initiating communication between iPhone and Android users.

When communicating between different systems, messages are received as SMS with low-quality images, resulting in an incomplete messaging experience between systems.

Additionally, when Android users receive a video clip from an iPhone user, they face the same issue.

With Apple’s support for RCS standards in messaging, users will be able to communicate more efficiently between systems, sending photos in higher resolution, receiving message delivery confirmations, typing indicators, and supporting longer messages.

However, these features lack full end-to-end encryption, which is currently supported by Google for Android users when messaging. Instead, Apple supports GSMA encryption, which is added to the RCS profile.

John Gruber explained in a report published in Daring Fireball that the reason behind Apple’s support for these standards now is China, contrary to some expectations that EU regulations prompted Apple to make this change. The Chinese market is the largest smartphone market globally, and Apple has recently been facing renewed competition from Huawei, which is aggressively trying to regain its dominance in smartphone sales in China.

Furthermore, a new law in the Chinese market requires all 5G phone developers to support RCS standards. Therefore, Apple needs to support these standards to continue competing in the Chinese market in the coming period.


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