Summary

  • Apple is adding RCS support to iOS in 2024, allowing Android devices to have better interoperability with iPhones.
  • RCS will allow features like read receipts, typing indicators, and higher quality media to work between iOS and Android, though these features will still stick with green bubbles within Apple's Messages app.
  • This move by Apple is likely a result of regulatory pressure from the EU under the threat of being forced to interact with other messaging platforms, rather than the influence of Google's PR campaign or Android-based iMessage workarounds.