A presentation reveals that Apple is investigating the possibility of supporting the standard RCS or Rich Communications Services, which will eventually replace SMS.
For many years it has been possible to send so-called iMessage messages through the Messages app on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch – a service that works great across iOS devices, but as soon as iOS users communicate with others who do not use iOS (primarily Android), so problems often arise.
This is because there has been a lack of a common standard for sending advanced text messages via one’s mobile number across operating systems – until the standard Rich Communications Services (RCS) was launched in the first edition in 2012. RCS is intended as the successor to gradually obsolete SMS technology used by Apple today when the recipient is unable to receive text messages.
However, this may change, because a presentation shows that Apple is considering implementing the technology. It writes the website 9to5Mac . The presentation was held on October 24 by GSMA, an association of approximately 800 mobile operators around the world.
This presentation shows that Apple “has recently been in dialogue with GSMA and operators to include RCS in iOS” in order to improve the user experience when sending messages from Apple devices to non-Apple devices. RCS technology is also in Apple’s searchlight, because a future needs to be prepared for 2G shutdowns – and thus SMS.
The presentation also shows that operators around the world have put pressure on Apple to get the IT giant to join the RCS. And precisely Apple can be said to be the missing piece in the huge puzzle that makes the RCS technology really gain ground. The rollout of RCS is a cumbersome affair because it requires more parties to support the technology. First and foremost, smartphone manufacturers must support the technology in the apps where messages are sent. It has happened a long time ago.
The biggest problem has been to get the telecommunications companies to support the technology. As with the SMS standard, it is the telecommunications companies that operate the technology and ensure that the messages – via your telephone number – are sent from A to B over their network.
The RCS standard offers far more options such as sending high quality images and videos, receiving interactive content from services, and making voice and video calls. However, it is associated with costs to support RCS, so so far we have not seen many Danish telecommunications companies support the technology.
Telenor chose to support RCS in early 2017 However, it is currently limited how many contact persons one can utilize the new features with. Neither TDC Group , 3 nor Telia still support the technology. Abroad, large operators such as & t, Deutche Telekom, Sprint, Orange, T-Mobile, Verizon and Vodafone have begun to support the technology.
If Apple chooses to support RCS a great day, it will probably mean much more compatibility between iOS devices and, for example, Android devices. Thus, if an iOS user sends interactive content to someone who does not use an iPhone, there will probably not be as many features lost, and vice versa.
It is not known when RCS can be supported in the RCS if Apple chooses to adopt the standard.