Raise your hand if you thought Apple was going to decide to support RCS messaging to enable better communication with green-bubble folks!
That was certainly the biggest story of the week, but there was plenty more news including rumors about the timing of app sideloading support for users in the EU, developments coming in iOS 18, and a welcome change in watchOS 10.2 for swapping watch faces. Black Friday sales are also now in full swing, so read on below for all the details on these stories and more!
Apple to Adopt RCS Messaging Standard for Better Interoperability With Android Devices
In a bit of shocking news this week, Apple announced that it will add support for the Rich Communication Standard (RCS) standard “later next year,” allowing for better messaging interoperability with Android devices.
Apple has long resisted adopting the successor to SMS and MMS messaging amid intense pressure from Google and Android device manufacturers, and it’s unclear exactly what has changed Apple’s mind other than perhaps ongoing pressure from regulators on various aspects of the company’s business.
While RCS will remain separate from iMessage, it will bring a number of advancements for communication between Apple and Android users, including enhanced security, higher-resolution photos and videos, audio messages, and much-improved group chats.
iPhone 16 Series Rumored to Have These 17 New Features
It’s still only November, but we’ve been hearing about a decent number of potential upgrades for next year’s flagship iPhone lineup.
From bigger displays on the Pro models to camera improvements and more, it looks like 2024 should be a good year for those who are ready to make the jump to a new iPhone.
iPhone App Sideloading Coming to Users in the EU in First Half of 2024
iPhone users in the EU next year will be able to download apps hosted outside of Apple’s official App Store to comply with European regulations, according to Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman.
Writing in the latest subscriber edition of his Power On newsletter, Gurman said Apple will introduce a “highly controlled system” that lets EU users install apps hosted elsewhere. Apple also will reportedly alter Messages and payment apps as part of the changes, likely via a localized iOS 17 update.
Apple Black Friday Deals Available Now: AirPods, iPhone, iPad, and More
We’re less than a week away from Black Friday, but deals have been in full swing since October so we are firmly in holiday shopping season where you can get great deals across Apple products and accessories.
We’re keeping track of the best deals on Apple products and related accessories, so be sure to check out our ongoing coverage throughout the rest of this month and into December.
AI-Infused iOS 18 Lauded as ‘Ambitious and Compelling’ by Apple Execs
Apple internally believes its iOS 18, macOS 15, watchOS 11, and tvOS 18 updates next year will be “ambitious and compelling,” thanks to major new software features and designs in the works. That’s according to the latest information relayed by Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman.
While little is known about the specifics, many of the changes are believed to involve generative AI, including a smarter version of Siri that takes the virtual assistant’s integration with the operating systems to a new level.
watchOS 10.2 Beta Reintroduces Option to Change Apple Watch Faces With a Swipe
As part of Apple’s revamp of the Apple Watch interface with watchOS 10, the company did away with the ability to quickly change watch faces with a simple swipe.
While some users were relieved to no longer find themselves accidentally changing faces, others have been upset that changing faces now requires multiple steps.
With the latest watchOS 10.2 beta seeded this week, Apple is seeking to satisfy both groups, bringing back the swipe gesture to change watch faces but making it an optional setting. watchOS 10.2 is expected to see a public release next month.
Each week, we publish an email newsletter like this highlighting the top Apple stories, making it a great way to get a bite-sized recap of the week hitting all of the major topics we’ve covered and tying together related stories for a big-picture view.
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