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Apple could integrate RCS, the future of SMS

After iTunes on Samsung Smart TVs and Apple Music on Alexa, Apple could integrate RCS (Rich Communications Services) in the Messages app. It is an “advanced” version of SMS. Today, RCS is a standard supported by many operators including Samsung, Huawei Lenova, LG, etc. Note that Google and Microsoft also support this technology.

In recent days, a slide appeared on the web reveals that Apple has already held discussions with the GSMA (the body that brings together all telephone operators) and operators to integrate support for RCS. A priori, the American firm has no interest in supporting RCS technology, which competes with its own messaging system (iMessage). In addition, this technology is not encrypted from start to finish.

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According to the published slide, integrating RCS into Messages would improve the messaging experience between iOS and other operating systems. It is also about ” prepare for the post-2G, post-SMS future

No official date is advanced, but the adoption of the RCS could be well under way on the iPhone and the American firm would be visibly obliged to follow the other giants of the mobile. The Californian company could take advantage of the presentation of iOS 13 (next June) to tell us about this new standard.

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