I’ve used each iPhone, together with the unique, since 2008, once I obtained one as a birthday reward. The OG iPhone was my first Apple product, and it sort of acquired me began down the rabbit gap of all issues Apple. I ultimately purchased a MacBook, iPad, and Apple Watch after my first iPhone.
One of the issues that I’ve grown to love about Apple merchandise is their simplicity. Everything is fairly easy to know, so you will get occurring truly utilizing the product. One of these issues is iMessage, and I depend on it each single day to remain in contact with my family and friends on my iPhone 14 Pro, iPad Pro, Apple Watch, and iMac.
But there’s a sketchy rumor making the rounds at this time that appears very … nicely, un-Apple.
A brand new rumor was shared at this time by a Twitter consumer named “Majin Bu.” Supposedly, Apple is engaged on a serious redesign for the Messages app that would come with a brand new residence display screen design, “chat rooms,” options particularly designed for augmented actuality to go together with the rumored Apple blended actuality headset, and extra.
According with my useful resource, Apple is engaged on a brand new model of iMessage fully renewed. New residence, chat rooms, video clips, and new chat options in AR. It ought to be launched subsequent yr together with the brand new headset #Apple #AppleAR #iMessage pic.twitter.com/Wp2WT8apNX
— Majin Bu (@MajinBuOfficial) October 14, 2022
I discovered this rumor from a 9to5Mac article, which says that the idea picture seems to be like a mixture of 2002 AIM, Myspace messaging, and Facebook Messenger, all meshed collectively.
And it’s completely hideous.
Of course, it is a rumor, and the supply of the rumor doesn’t precisely have a fantastic monitor document in terms of software program leaks. While Majin Bu has gotten just a few issues proper, these had been about colours for Apple’s iPhone circumstances and up to date Apple Watch band colours. But software program leaks? No cube.
The extra I take a look at this idea picture of an iMessage redesign, the extra I hate it. I believe it’s impossible Apple will go this route, and I desperately hope that is only a joke.
One of one of the best issues about iMessage, at the least for me, is the general simplicity and ease of use. All of my message threads are synced over iCloud — I launch the app and see all of my current conversations straight away. Tap one to leap proper into it, ship my message, and get out. If I must ship a picture, I simply faucet the button for my picture library or snap a brand new one straight. Have to share a location to fulfill up at? I achieve this from the Maps app. Whatever it’s I must do, I do it, after which return to one thing else.
That isn’t to say that Apple hasn’t added further options in iMessage. You can do inline replies and @ mentions like on varied social networks, add voice recordings, react with tapbacks, ship cash by means of Apple Cash, spam stickers, and extra. You may even let others know that certainly one of your Focus modes is on, so that you shouldn’t be disturbed. And iOS 16 even allows you to edit and unsend messages, with some caveats.
In some methods, iMessage is Apple’s personal social “network,” however not within the conventional Twitter or Facebook sense, and even AIM (gosh, I’m outdated). It’s extra like a non-public community of iPhone customers since many of the finest iMessage options solely work with different Apple machine customers.
But the brand new options on this rumor undoubtedly take away from that simplicity and privateness, and I can’t say I’m an enormous fan of that. Why does my iMessage must have “chat rooms?” And please don’t spam up the app by having a “home screen” showcasing some new sticker packs or no matter — nobody makes use of stickers! Heck, I even forgot they existed till this rumor popped up.
I suppose the one little bit of this rumor that might make any sense is the bit about AR chat options. However, it’s nonetheless vital to recollect that is all hypothesis, and nothing is official till it comes from Apple.
I imply, certain, Apple may work on a redesigned Messages app. But please, let’s not attempt to flip it into the following AIM or one thing. The fantastic thing about iMessage proper now could be the simplicity, and including all of this further fluff will simply flip it into bloatware. And although the AR chat options might be a factor, not everybody will need to go into that.
Look, if it isn’t damaged, don’t repair it. And proper now — even with out RCS — iMessage continues to be fairly nice.