Google hints that the iPhone may officially get RCS support this fall


Apple announced last year that it would support Rich Communication Services (RCS) within iMessage sometime in 2024. While the iPhone maker is silent about the exact launch date, Google has revealed the release timeframe for RCS on iOS via its new Google Messages webpage. This indicates that Apple may add RCS support in the upcoming iOS 18 update or around the launch of the iPhone 16 series. Apple's adoption of RCS is expected to bring unity to cross-device messaging.

The official Android website has added a new landing page for Google Messages discussing the first-party messaging experience. The landing page has separate sections for each feature set, including a section for RCS. According to a report by 9to5Google, the page (now removed) notes that RCS on iPhone is coming in late 2024.

As seen by the publication, the expansion of RCS features shows a “coming soon to iOS” label under the “Better messaging for everyone” subtitle. “Apple announced it will adopt RCS in late 2024. Once that happens, it will mean a better messaging experience for everyone,” the description says.

If Apple is indeed targeting fall 2024 for RCS support, this suggests that the next operating software – iOS 18 – could bring the new messaging standard to iOS. Apple usually releases major iOS updates around the launch of the new iPhone series in September.

Apple revealed in November last year that it was working on adding support for RCS and that compatibility would come in 2024, without specifying an exact timeline. The new RCS standard will work with iMessage and is likely to offer a number of messaging features like multimedia support, read receipts, typing indicators, and more. Apple's adoption of RCS will enable cross-platform messaging between Android and iOS devices over mobile data or Wi-Fi networks.

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