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Apple’s iMessage has become a must-have app for American teens. The messaging service is exclusive to Apple devices, prompting young people to provide supplies at home and shy away from the products Android offers. This approach is perceived by the competition as an unfair ploy.

Apple had previously informed that it would make its application compatible on Android devices. Having abandoned the idea, Hiroshi Lockheimer, the boss of Android, asks Apple to support the industry standard for Modern Messaging (RCS) on iMessage. Because by not adhering to it, not only would the firm slow down the development of its peers, but also prevent Android users from having an experience similar to those offered by Apple.

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Will Apple lift the iMessage lock?

For analysts, the fact that Apple does not want to share iMessage could be a technique that aims to better sell its products. The company is then accused of unfair competition, which is bad publicity given that the firm bases its Marketing plan on humanity as well as equity.

Right now, it looks like Apple is firm on its decision to lock down its app. Because, for society, making iMessage available on Android would just reduce the gap between it and the competition. In a 2013 statement, former director Craig Federighi said Android users need to be made to depend on his products. One of the remaining questions would be whether there is a benefit to Apple that RCS integrates the functionality of iMessage.

Google’s new modern messaging system: RCS

You should know that Google has long sought to develop a functional messaging system that could compete with Apple’s iMessage. 13 applications, most of which are faulty, have been released since 2011. Then, in 2018, Google signed a partnership with a large number of operators and was finally able to develop its own messaging system.

Developed since 2007, Rich Communication Services (RCS) has taken a long time to develop. The application was not finalized until 2016. From 2018, a collaboration was formed between GSMA and Google resulted in the creation of a new messaging service. This new application will take the place of SMS and MMS and allow its users to switch to Chat mode, send photos and transfer files without the limits of MMS. However, integrating RCS with iMessage only benefits Google.

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Apple has added three models of iMacs to its list of obsolete products: a 21.5-inch screen from 2013, a 21.5-inch screen from 2014, and a 27-inch Retina 5K screen also from 2014.

Apple Declares 2013 and 2014 iMacs Obsolete and Watch Series 2 Smartwatches 'Vintage'

Apple typically deprecates products seven years after they were released, so it’s no surprise that the 2013 and 2014 iMacs are on the list.

As for smart watches Apple Watch Series 2, they are recognized as “vintage”. This category usually includes devices that have been released for five years. There may be problems with the official repair of the aforementioned iMacs.

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Of course, this is far from the performance of 4G networks, which are now used by about 5 billion people, but still this is a fairly significant part of the market.

There are almost 1 billion 5G users. Ericsson report shows that operators often ask for more money for such tariffs.

Of course, 5G adoption is far from uneven. In North America, about 35% of subscribers will use 5G networks by the end of this year.

At the same time, the report indicates that operators often ask for more money for the higher speeds offered by new networks. Dividing into corresponding tariffs is popular among operators in Western Europe, but overall, 25% of operators worldwide charge extra for 5G. And the average markup is 40%.

Ericsson believes that, unfortunately, this trend will continue for several more years, as operators need to compensate for the costs of developing a new network.

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Is Apple Helping the Chinese Government Fight Protests?  The company cut the AirDrop function in the Middle Kingdom

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The fact is that AirDrop is one of the ways protesters communicate, and not only in China. AirDrop works locally in smartphone-to-smartphone mode, without relying on external networks, so it cannot simply be blocked or read data. But in this case, for some reason, Apple decided to seriously change the function, although it did not turn it off completely.

The CNBC resource also notes that the corresponding update was released a month after Chinese President Xi Jinping was re-elected for a third term.

Recall that Huawei smartphones have been noticed that they automatically delete videos that depict events related to protests in China.

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