RCS support is finally coming to the Apple iPhone in 2024. Recently, Apple announced that it will adopt the Rich Communication Services messaging standard. At the same time, iMessage isn’t going anywhere, continuing all communication between iPhone users.
RCS brings many iMessage-inspired features such as read receipts, typing indicators, high-quality images and videos, and more. With RCS on Apple, users will have the ability to share their location with other people inside text threads.
It’s like a big victory for Google as it has been trolling Apple over the lack of RCS for a long time. Samsung, over the past few weeks, joined the Android maker to demand RCS support in iOS devices. Well, RCS has continued to develop and become a more mature platform than it once was.
In a statement to 9to5Mac, an Apple spokesperson said that the company believes RCS will offer better interoperability for cross-platform messages.
Later next year, we will be adding support for RCS Universal Profile, the standard as currently published by the GSM Association. We believe RCS Universal Profile will offer a better interoperability experience when compared to SMS or MMS. This will work alongside iMessage, which will continue to be the best and most secure messaging experience for Apple users.
iMessage isn’t going anywhere.
Apple’s iMessage will continue to be the messaging platform used for all communication between iPhone users. RCS will simply supplant SMS and MMS and exist separately from iMessage when available. In addition, SMS and MMS will continue to be available as a fallback when needed.
Apple Hanam opens as Korea’s 6th Apple Store, huge crowd gathered
Today, Apple Hanam opened as the sixth Apple Store in South Korea, where a large crowd gathered in front of the store even before the opening. It is the first Apple Store outside Seoul and the 6th store in Korea following ‘Apple Gangnam’, which opened at the end of March.
At the opening event, about 1,000 visitors flocked to the open run (standing in line even before the doors opened). It was a weekend, and the news that tumblers with Apple Hanam’s logo were being offered to commemorate the opening attracted a larger crowd than at other existing stores.
Most visitors were young people, such as teenagers and people in their 20s, who preferred iPhones. Apple has been focusing on targeting Samsung’s home ground in recent years. This month, Apple announced its entry into the ‘national district’ through the Hanam Open.
Apple Hanam, which introduced a unique logo featuring the blue waves of the Han River, also differentiated itself in space. It has ‘Watch Studio’, an experiential space, and ‘Genius Bar’, where you can receive after-sales services such as product damage repair and software support.
Google introduces ‘Weather’ shortcut to Pixel app grid
Google has recently enhanced its Weather experience, which is currently only available on Pixel devices. The new Weather interface is sleek and intuitive, but the tweak is that it is still hidden within the Google app.
Users who want to access it have to either use the Google search bar or the At A Glance widget on their home screen. However, Google seems to be working on making the Weather experience more accessible and independent.
Some Pixel users have reported seeing a dedicated “Weather” shortcut in their app grid, which looks like a regular app icon. The shortcut has a circular logo with a sun and a cloud, but it is smaller than usual because it is placed inside another circle.
By tapping on this shortcut, you can see the App info menu and Widgets for Google Search. However, it is not an app, as it still relies on the Google app to work.
Samsung phones already have Repair Mode that Google Pixels getting in December
With the December 2023 Android Feature Drop, Google is rolling out a new Repair Mode feature to Tensor-powered Pixel smartphones. Well, Google’s Repair Mode is a replica of Samsung’s Maintenance Mode feature, which safeguards user privacy and data while being serviced.
As part of further enhancing data security and privacy on Galaxy devices, Samsung has introduced a new Maintenance Mode feature with One UI 5.0, helping to protect Galaxy users’ data while their device is being repaired at a service center.
When enabled, Maintenance Mode conceals users’ personal data, including photos, videos, contacts, and messages. When users send their device away for repairs, Maintenance Mode will help to prevent the risk of unauthorized access to your device and in most repair cases
While your device is set to Maintenance Mode, the Samsung service center will only have access to basic device features to be able to perform service diagnosis and repair.
How it works
Upon activation, Maintenance Mode sets up a distinct user profile, ensuring users’ primary account and data remain private. Users can activate Maintenance Mode through either the device Settings menu, or the Samsung Members app.
Once the user retrieves the device from the service centre, the user can deactivate Maintenance Mode through the Settings menu and restore their data from a temporary cloud backup, or an external storage backup.