The debate between whether iMessage should be on all devices is one that has been had for many, many years and whilst Apple isn’t doing that today, it is making a great step in improving the text situation between Apple and Android users.
The company has confirmed that it will bring RCS (Rich Communication Services) to iPhone later in 2024. This means that iPhone and Android users will be able to access better messaging services such as high-quality images, read receipts, typing indicators and more.
Apple was very quick to also state that this would work alongside iMessage which would continue to be the best and most secure messaging experience for Apple users.
The statement reads: “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.” said Apple to 9to5Mac.
It’s unclear whether Apple made this decision due to growing concerns from the EU Union, although Google and Samsung have long complained about Apple’s iMessage locking others out from ever being able to use other phones.