Apple Could Be Planning to Redesign Messages App Next Year

Apple is reportedly working on a new version of the Messages app that could be released alongside its mixed-reality headset next year.

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Twitter leaker known as "Majin Bu" today claimed that Apple is working on a completely new version of iMessage, featuring a new home view, chat rooms, video clips, and more. The app purportedly offers "new chat features in AR" and, as such, it "should" be released next year alongside Apple's headset.

iOS 16 introduced a range of new features for the Messages app, including the ability to edit or delete a recently sent message, mark conversations as unread, and collaboration invitations and activity updates, so further iteration next year seems believable – especially if it is linked to the launch of Apple's headset.

Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, who often reveals accurate insights into Apple's plans, has said that Apple's mixed-reality headset will focus on gaming, media consumption, and communication. He believes that Memojis and SharePlay could be central to the experience. ‌iOS 16‌ brought SharePlay to Messages, making it possible for multiple users to enjoy synced content like movies or songs with shared playback controls while chatting. This would necessitate a convenient experience for initiating SharePlay sessions in the Messages app on Apple's headset.

The headset itself is rumored to run an entirely new operating system called "rOS" or "realityOS," internally codenamed "Oak." Apple's work on realityOS has been rumored since 2017, but the existence of the operating system was finally confirmed earlier this year when references to it were found in App Store upload logs and Apple open source code. realityOS will presumably feature versions of many of Apple's existing apps, so a wider revitalization of the Messages app seems plausible, particularly if the app will be important to collaborative experiences on the device.

Majin Bu has revealed some accurate information about Apple's plans, particularly with regards to cases and color options, and shared the rumor of a 14.1-inch iPad before display analyst and heavyweight Apple leaker Ross Young did. That being said, their reputation with regards to software is much more variable. In March, Majin Bu shared information about a new smart multitasking system for iPadOS that would be exclusive to M1 iPads. It is unclear whether this information was legitimate since it could have referred to an early version of what is now known to be Stage Manager.

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Top Rated Comments

zorinlynx Avatar
7 weeks ago
Gahh, keep Messages simple please. It's a phone messaging app, not social media.
Score: 50 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ? Avatar
7 weeks ago
Yes, please. The messaging app is outdated and needs a major overhaul, please. Would love to see new features.
Score: 27 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Strebor Avatar
7 weeks ago
Are your listening Tim?

I want it to support RCS.
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BrownyQ Avatar
7 weeks ago
Really don't see what's outdated about the app. It's simple, straightforward, and functional. It could have more bells & whistles, sure, but what's there is solid.

And given their track record of late, I'd rather stick with solid if boring than getting another hot mess.

Tangentially related: I wonder why sticker support never came to the Mac version of the app?
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
wallinbl Avatar
7 weeks ago

Excellent. Its too outdated with what's out there at the moment. My favourite messaging app is Telegram. The stickers available and the customisation in the app is fantastic.
As long as I can turn it all back off. Simple is fine. All that convoluted junk is convoluted junk.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MathersMahmood Avatar
7 weeks ago
Excellent. Its too outdated with what's out there at the moment. My favourite messaging app is Telegram. The stickers available and the customisation in the app is fantastic.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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