Twitter leaker Majin Bubest known for leaking iPhone and iPad mini cases ahead of launch, has claimed that Apple is working on a “completely revamped” version of Messages that will launch next year as part of iOS 17. It could be the first. Redesign of Messages since iOS7.
According to Bu, the redesign will be accompanied by the release of Apple’s highly anticipated AR headset. Earlier rumors said that the headset will focus on “communication” as one of its central tenets. The iPhone will almost certainly be a staple of Apple’s headset, and a redesigned Messages app would go a long way toward unifying that vision.
Bu says the Messages app is getting a new home screen, but the rumors go way beyond design changes. The leaker claims the app will get “chat rooms, video clips and new chat features in AR”.
Apple has consistently added new features to Messages over the years, including Business Chat, editing and deleting sent messages, shared content, stickers, pinned conversations, and inline replies, but it hasn’t introduced major interface changes. While the changes here are rather vague, it would represent a massive overhaul for one of the major “lock-in” apps on the iPhone.
Messaging has recently come under fire from Google for its lack of support for Rich Communication Services (RCS), but it’s questionable whether the redesign will support signals for the standard popular on Android phones. When asked about RCS recently, Tim Cook said bluntly, “I don’t hear our users asking that we’re putting a lot of effort into that right now.”