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Here’s how your conversations with Android users will look in iOS 18

Here’s how your conversations with Android users will look in iOS 18

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The release of the second iOS 18 developer beta this week brought the first look at one of the most anticipated new features: RCS messages. And now that carriers have begun flipping the switches on the service, users are eagerly testing out the feature with their Android friends—and everyone is loving it.

While it’s not nearly as full-featured as iMessage (and non-Apple devices will still be designated with green bubbles), RCS messaging brings several features users have wanted for years, including:

Typing indicators

Read and Delivered receipts

Tapback replies with any emoji

High-quality photos and videos

Large file sharing

Audio messages

The new features also extend to group chats, which no longer bring the whole conversation back to SMS levels. Now conversations with a mix of Android and iPhone users will be “more reliable,” according to Apple, but users will only notice that basic iMessage features will no longer be unavailable.

Of course, Android users still won’t have access to exclusive iMessage features, including editing and deleting messages, stickers, and message effects. Messages also won’t be end-to-end encrypted at launch, though Apple says it is working with the GSM Association “to evolve RCS and make messaging more equitable and secure.”

Read what you need to know about iOS 18 in our guide to iOS 18.

Author: Michael Simon, Executive Editor, Macworld

Michael Simon has been covering Apple for more than 20 years. He started covering rumors with Spymac when the iPod was the iWalk, and has owned nearly every iPhone Apple has ever made. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, son, and far too many gadgets.

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