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Apple Says It May Not Adopt RCS Despite The New Digital Markets Act Coming Into Play

Today, we heard some startling news about Apple opening up the iPhone to app stores belonging to third parties. It’s definitely a major change as reported by Bloomberg.

But at the same time, there happens to be a major catch attached which many people may not have noticed. This has to do with Apple not taking a final decision on how it plans to open the messaging application for various third-party services out there today.

Similar to changes made on the App Store, this is surely something that would be needed under the EU’s Digital Markets Act. And it’s not yet clear how Apple plans on tackling this without the adoption of RCS.

The new law was approved by the parliament of the EU during the earlier part of this year. A number of different requirements had been laid out for various tech owners such as Apple. And such was the requirement for greater support shown for app stores and interoperability for messaging systems like Apple’s iMessage.

While the leading iPhone maker may have nailed the first aspect, it’s definitely lagging behind in the second part. As outlined by the DMA, firms would be required to interoperate with various other small-scale apps out there today.

It’s also interesting to note how Bloomberg’s report published today speaks about Apple giving support for various other app stores on the iPhone and how it may be launched as a part of iOS 17 by next year. But now, the firm is really not sure how it plans on complying with messages out there as a part of this new legislation that soon comes into play.

One method could entail the tech giant adopting richer sources for communication like Google and numerous other platforms out there today. But for now, we know that Apple is not taking such things into consideration.

Engineers at the tech firm feel that such a call may end up hurting its protective end-to-end encryption and a list of other features being offered through the likes of iMessage. And the fact that it’s confirmed that it’s not looking at other options is rather worrying.

If truly Apple does not end up complying with the clauses outlined in the Digital Markets Act, we could see it being slapped with some hefty fines by the European Union which might entail as much as 20% of the company’s yearly revenue generated from around the globe.


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