iMessage

Apple Reportedly in Talks to Support RCS Messaging, Pressured by Carriers

The Rich Communication Services (RCS) protocol is seen as the next evolution of SMS messages, allowing for richer messages, including the ability to send audio messages, high-resolution images, group chats, read receipts, typing indicators and more. The push for RCS has been coming from operating system providers Google and Microsoft, with support from major OEMs...

2019 Apple Wish List: Quoted Replies for iMessage, Pretty Please

Happy 2019, everybody! With the start of the New Year, I’m sure everybody has a wish list of some sort they want from Apple. If there’s one simple feature request we’d like to see, that’s quoted replies in the Messages app, taking a page from Facebook’s WhatsApp. The problem? When you’re in a group chat...

Apple Once Tried (and Failed) to Pitch a Standardized Version of iMessage to Wireless Carriers

Apple will likely never bring iMessage to third-party platforms like Android, but there was a time when it tried to convince carriers to adopt a standardized version for everyone. In a new Wall Street Journal editorial on about the lack of interoperability between Apple's iMessage and common SMS texting systems, Scott Forstall, Apple's former head of iOS development,...

Apple Working With Chinese Telecom Firms to Fix iMessage’s Spam Problem

Apple is working with Chinese telecom firms on finding ways to reduce junk messages which are received through iMessage. According to a new report from Reuters, the Cupertino company is exploring ways to further cut spam messages, including using advanced technology to identify junk messages and rolling out more tools to block hostile accounts. Apple is especially concerned...

iMessage Delay in macOS High Sierra Bug: Slow Message Sync for Some Users

At first I thought this was a bug I was experiencing on my own, but clearly others are also being affected by a slow-syncing iMessage bug in macOS High Sierra. Users on Apple’s online Communities forum have similarly noted a delay in iMessages after installing the latest version of macOS High Sierra: Receiving messages on...

AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) to Shut Down After 20 Years

AOL has announced the long run of its AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) is set to retire after 20 years, as announced by Michael Albers, VP of Communications Product at Oath, in a company blog post. Verizon, which owns AOL, merged the latter with its recent acquisition of Yahoo to form Oath. Albers explained how 90s...

iMessage Tops Mobile Usage Trend Among US Teens

A new article over at Medium by Giuseppe Stuto, the CEO and co-founder of Fam, has highlighted that US teens are found to engage with iMessage more than any other social platform, and since majority of teens are now having iPhones, the trend is only going upwards. "These insights are based off of quantitative data and now years of...

CBS Interactive Launches Carpool Karaoke Stickers for iMessage

James Corden's highly successful “Carpool Karaoke” segment from The Late Late Show has been turned into a TV show. Apple launched the show on Apple Music this week with the Corden and Smith episode. To celebrate the launch of the show, CBS Interactive launched new Carpool Karaoke Stickers for iMessage. The stickers are available to...

Apple’s Free iOS App of the Week: Checkmate for iMessage

Checkmate for iMessage is Apple’s free app of the week. The game normally retails for $0.99 and is free for this week only. The game lets you add some competition to your conversations by allowing users to play chess against family and friends within the Messages app. Simply start a conversation with someone, select the...

Business Chat for iMessage Launches in Developer Preview

Apple has launched Business Chat for iMessage in developer preview today at the WWDC, VentureBeat is reporting. Using the iMessage App Framework, businesses can integrate iMessage apps into a Business Chat experience to deliver services. This will allow Message icons to appear alongside the names of businesses in Siri, Spotlight searches, and Maps for quick chat with online...

Starbucks Promo: Send $5 Gift with iMessage and Apple Pay, Get $5 Free

Last week, Starbucks updated their iOS app to introduce sending gift cards via iMessage and Apple Pay. Now, there is a promotion to help spread the message about this feature, offering customers $5 free when they gift $5 using iMessage and Apple Pay. The promo started on April 6 and goes until April 19 11:59...