You're still going to be bullied for being a green bubble, even with RCS

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Apple confirms the blue versus green bubble battle won't be over just because of RCS.

Green bubbles aren't going anywhere
Green bubbles aren't going anywhere



The blue iMessage text bubble is meant to tell the user when they are talking to another iPhone user. However, this handy tool has turned into a social weapon used by teens and others to shun non-iPhone owners.

Since RCS and iMessage bring users of Android and iPhone onto more equal messaging footing, some assumed this would end the green and blue bubble distinction. That won't be the case, which was confirmed by 9to5Mac.

Apple will still use the same green bubbles when iPhone users are texting Android users over RCS. The blue bubbles continue to represent iMessage and end-to-end encryption.

RCS doesn't support encryption with the existing Universal Profile. Google created an extension of RCS with end-to-end encryption for Google Messages, but Apple isn't supporting that system.

Even if RCS eventually gets encrypted messaging, Apple will still likely want to distinguish iMessage from competing standards. Dropping stickers into chats, iMessage games, and other features won't work with RCS.

Despite that, RCS will be useful for iPhone users who frequently text Android users. It means improved photo and video quality, plus improved group chat functionality.

RCS isn't coming to iPhone until later in 2024, likely with iOS 18. Google welcomes Apple's adoption of the standard since it will mean improving chats for all smartphone users, not just Apple customers.

Read on AppleInsider

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 9
    Making a child use a green bubble phone is tantamount to child abuse
    byronlwilliamlondonwatto_cobraJaiOh81badmonk
  • Reply 2 of 9
    The only times I hear or read about bullying in the context of color of bubbles is in the press.
    CelticPaddywilliamhbyronlwilliamlondonwatto_cobraJaiOh81mattinozgatorguyzeus423Alex1N
  • Reply 3 of 9
    Use Signal
    auxiobyronlwilliamlondon
  • Reply 4 of 9
    This is as it should be. The Apple-to-Apple features are just going to continue being more advanced and predictable than Apple-to-RCS, and the color coding helps know what doesn't work. Better, though, might be a third color to represent RCS or end-to-end encryption (when that is supported with a new RCS standard), though perhaps that would be going too far. 
    williamlondonwatto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 9
    Build a better mousetrap and someone will sue you into giving it away for free. Guess that’s what free enterprise means.
    watto_cobraJaiOh81danoxzeus423badmonk
  • Reply 6 of 9
    danoxdanox Posts: 2,966member
    Build a better mousetrap and someone will sue you into giving it away for free. Guess that’s what free enterprise means.
    That certainly is what the EU believes.
    williamlondonzeus423
  • Reply 7 of 9
    This is as it should be. The Apple-to-Apple features are just going to continue being more advanced and predictable than Apple-to-RCS, and the color coding helps know what doesn't work. Better, though, might be a third color to represent RCS or end-to-end encryption (when that is supported with a new RCS standard), though perhaps that would be going too far. 
    I think it needs to be a third color (pink, and purple for E2EE RCS if and when that actually comes) and, until they actually release it with green bubbles, I still believe Apple will see the utility in distinguishing RCS from SMS, as well as from iMessage.
    Alex1N
  • Reply 8 of 9
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 24,285member
    This is as it should be. The Apple-to-Apple features are just going to continue being more advanced and predictable than Apple-to-RCS, and the color coding helps know what doesn't work. Better, though, might be a third color to represent RCS or end-to-end encryption (when that is supported with a new RCS standard), though perhaps that would be going too far. 
    I think it needs to be a third color (pink, and purple for E2EE RCS if and when that actually comes) and, until they actually release it with green bubbles, I still believe Apple will see the utility in distinguishing RCS from SMS, as well as from iMessage.
    Apple says nope. Blue and green just like before, only distinguishing iMessages from not. I don't believe they are interested in acknowledging, much less promoting, any other E2EE standard that could be perceived as secure and private. Everything other than iMessage is green, encrypted or not.
    edited November 2023
  • Reply 9 of 9
    gatorguy said:
    This is as it should be. The Apple-to-Apple features are just going to continue being more advanced and predictable than Apple-to-RCS, and the color coding helps know what doesn't work. Better, though, might be a third color to represent RCS or end-to-end encryption (when that is supported with a new RCS standard), though perhaps that would be going too far. 
    I think it needs to be a third color (pink, and purple for E2EE RCS if and when that actually comes) and, until they actually release it with green bubbles, I still believe Apple will see the utility in distinguishing RCS from SMS, as well as from iMessage.
    Apple says nope. Blue and green just like before, only distinguishing iMessages from not. 
    Well, 9to5 didn't quote them, only paraphrased, so we don't know exactly what they said. But, even if we accept that reporting as entirely accurate, Apple might, and I think should, change their mind on it. Until it's released, we won't be certain.
    Alex1N
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