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Google hints Apple will support RCS this fall

Google briefly showed off a section on its new Google News page claiming that Apple will launch Rich Communication Services (RCS) support for iPhone this fall. This suggests that the iPhone maker may expand RCS support in the upcoming iOS 18 update.

The page, first discovered by 9to5Google, details the benefits of RCS. One of the sections has a label “Coming soon on iOS” titled “Better messaging for everyone.”

The card is now invisible on the page, but the text indicates that it is still in the page’s source code.

“Apple has announced that it will adopt RCS in the fall of 2024. Once implemented, this will mean a better messaging experience for everyone,” the description reads.

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In November last year, Apple confirmed that it was working on adding support for RCS. At the time, the company didn’t specify a timeline but said compatibility would be available “next year.”

For a long time, Google has been urging, pushing and pestering Apple to add RCS to reduce the “green bubble-blue bubble” difference. While RCS doesn’t solve this problem, it means Android users will be able to send high-resolution media to iPhone users.

Last year, Google announced new features for RCS, such as profiles, Photomoji, and improved audio quality for voice annotations, and the company said RCS is used by 1 billion people every month.

Google’s partial disclosure of the iPhone’s RCS compatibility schedule comes as the U.S. Department of Justice launches legal proceedings against Apple over its monopolistic practices. Notably, the lawsuit cites “green bubbles” as an issue affecting user safety.

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