Tim Cook would rather sell you an iPhone than add RCS to iMessage

Apple CEO Tim Cook has dismissed the idea of ​​adopting RCS messaging to end the green bubbles that surround messages when iPhone users text someone on an Android device.

“I don’t hear our users asking that we put a lot of energy into it at this point,” Cook said when asked what Apple founder Steve Jobs would think about using the standard. RCS in iMessage at Vox Media’s Code 2022 event on Wednesday. night. Instead, Cook said, “I’d love to convert you to an iPhone.”

But the person who asked the question, LiQuan Hunt of Vox Media, came back with a valid complaint, saying his mother can’t see the videos he sends her. It all comes down to a lack of interoperability between iMessage and RCS, two messaging systems that could allow for higher quality images and videos – if they worked together. If you’ve tried to send a video from Android to iOS (or vice versa) using your regular text messaging app, you know that your videos come out completely blurry on the other end. Cook’s suggestion to solve this annoying problem? “Buy your mom an iPhone.”

Although it may sound silly, the bubble color in iMessage that distinguishes Android users (green) from other iPhone users (blue) has become a point of contention. Google’s campaign to publicly shame Apple for adopting the standard has clearly had no effect on Cook, who publicly focuses on the opinions of people who have iPhones. Of course, there are other reasons to avoid adding RCS. Emails discovered during the Epic trial showed that Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, Craig Federighi, said: “iMessage on Android would simply remove [an] obstacle for iPhone families giving their children Android phones.

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