iOS could eventually support RCS; Apple reportedly having "discussions"

iOS could eventually support RCS; Apple reportedly having
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Despite the rise iMessage, WhatsApp, and Messenger over the years, SMS communication as a whole still remains extremely popular. However, due to the limitations that it includes, the likes of Google, Samsung, and Verizon are now all pushing RCS. And if a newly-leaked slide is anything to go by, Apple may be on board too.

Published by a user on Reddit (via 9To5Mac), the slide in question was reportedly presented at a GSMA event originally held on October 24th. Details are pretty vague but it clearly states that Apple has “engaged in discussions” with both the GSMA and international carriers about the possibility of “including RCS in iOS.”

If Apple chooses to integrate the technology, it would help the company better prepared for the “post-2G, post-SMS future.” Alongside this, the move would also improve the communication experience between iMessage and non-iMessage users. After all, unlike SMS, RCS supports read-receipts, typing indicators, group chats, and much more. 

Considering the lack of details, it’s likely that Apple’s discussions with the GSMA are still in the very early stages. This means that, even if iOS integration is planned, it probably won’t happen for quite some time.



1. libra89

Posts: 2337; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I'll believe it when I see it.

3. lyndon420

Posts: 6915; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Yeah they'll be late to the party as usual.

5. perry1234

Posts: 654; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

True...very difficult to believe this 100%.

2. monkeyb

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

2 things: - With dozens of messaging Apps that are already doing these and much more. I do not think people (tech fans) will miss it a lot in case of a delay. - At the same time, this could end up as an amazing essential feature which millions of people who still use SMS can upgrade to easily. For this reason Apple should not delay this.

4. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1862; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I just want to play pool with non ios users

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