Apple sees RCS as a replacement for SMS

Apple is discussing the possibility of implementing the standard RCS in their devices. Call it an updated version of SMS. The development and promotion of RCS in by the leading mobile operators, Google and Microsoft.

On Reddit appeared slide October the presentation of the GSMA ā€” trade organization that represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide. According to this slide, “Apple has discussed with the GSMA and operators of the RCS implementation in iOS.”

The slide also explains why add RCS in iOS. GSMA identifies three reasons:

  • To improve the exchange of messages between Apple devices and other manufacturers.
  • Meeting the needs of operators implementing the RCS.
  • Preparing for the future without 2G and SMS.

It is unknown what the outcome of these negotiations, but the operators put pressure on Apple to launch RCS.

RCS (Rich Communication Services) supports group chats, share images without compression and indicators on reading the messages. Similar capabilities are included in iMessage, so there is no 100 percent certainty that the Apple will add the RCS in their devices.

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