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Apple Rumoured to Embrace RCS in 2024 – Find Out the Latest Updates!

Do you use WhatsApp or Telegram? Or are you an iMessage user?

Finding common ground to create a group chat can be a tricky task. For most iPhone users, the go-to messaging platform is usually iMessages. Although Apple has created this ease for texting between iPhone users, iMessage is unavailable across platforms. This has created the difficulty in reaching to your friends who use Google or Android phones. Now, you’re either left resorting to SMS, or other messaging platforms such as WhatsApp, Telegram or Messenger. But what if there was one single solution for it all – the RCS (Rich Communication Services)

What is RCS?

Although this might be the first time many of us heard the phrase RCS, this messaging channel is not new. RCS or Rich Communication Services was first conceived years ago, but it’s finally gaining popularity. RCS messaging is the upgrade that users need to get the same features available on iMessage. Unlike the iMessage system, RCS creates the perfect single-platform messaging App.

With the new RCS update, users can explore a variety of messaging features. Everything from sending and receiving large files such as high-resolution pictures and videos, read receipts, reactions, and typing indicators are all available!

But why are we hearing about this just now? Well, Google decided to add RCS to its default messaging Apps. With this new update, RCS became a popular hit, with Google reporting 650 million users monthly. Google data additionally shows that people are 35x more likely to read RCS messages than emails, while also using RCS messages to engage with brands. Here is how you can turn on RCS messaging as well!

Gone are the days of struggling to create a group chat with a combination of Android and Apple users. This addition has created the perfect single-platform messaging App, the days of struggling to text between users of different branded phones are a thing of the past. Although Google has taken the bold step to embrace RCS messaging, allowing users to enjoy the exceptional features, what’s the update on Apple?

Will Apple Embrace the RCS Messaging Platform?

There have been rumours that Apple is ready to embrace the RCS messaging platform in 2024. According to 9to5mac, the RCS feature is set to launch via a software update later this year. This would completely remove the barrier of iMessage features between Android and iPhone users.

Later next year, we will be adding the support for RCS Universal Profile, the standards as currently published by the GSM Association. We believe RCS Universal Profile will offer a better interoperability experience when compared to SMS or MMS. This will work alongside iMessage, which will continue to be the best and most secure messaging experience for Apple users, says an Apple Spokesperson talking to 9to5mac in November 2023.

Does this mean Apple is replacing iMessage? Of course not. Apple continues to reiterate that iMessage is the safest messaging platform for Apple users. RCS, if available on Apple later this year, will be adopted separately from iMessage. This will open up new horizons for communications and group chats in 2024!

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How to Take Advantage of The New Codeshare Partnership Between SriLankan Airlines and Air Seychelles!

Travellers looking to go on a trip between Mahé, Seychelles and Colombo can now explore enhanced travel options. The new codeshare partnership between SriLankan Airlines and Air Seychelles is ensuring access to over 20 destinations for travellers, including Sydney and Melbourne as well as popular cities in India, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.

As the two national carriers place their codeshares on each other’s flights, travellers can continue their journey seamlessly using a single booking. Additionally, their baggage will also be checked in all the way to their final destination. This means that you won’t have to worry about additional tickets or baggage processes.

With the new connection, travellers can explore significantly reduced travel time between the two cities. The options vary from up to 12 hours to approximately four hours now.

Just last year, Air Seychelles signed a codeshare agreement with Qatar Airways. Air Seychelles’ international network comprises five destinations in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, serving Johannesburg, Mauritius, Colombo, Mumbai, and Tel Aviv from its base in Mahé. Additionally, the airline also operates up to 30 daily roundtrips. This includes destinations such as Praslin, as well as various charters to other islands.

We are pleased to boost our codeshare network and presence in the African region through this new partnership. We look forward to working with Air Seychelles to provide our customers even more African destination options in the coming years.

Passengers on SriLankan Airlines can explore from Colombo to 36 international destinations in 20 countries. The new partnership aims to enhance visibility and attract more visitors to Seychelles by leveraging joint activities in targeted markets.

Exploring Connectivity through Airlines

Travellers looking to explore a range of destinations can also look into Hawaiian Airlines‘ new flagship aircraft, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Additionally, travellers looking to explore Africa can also look forward to Saudi Arabia’s plans to establish a new airline base in Riyadh, targeting the African market

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