Apple’s iOS 16 fixes annoying ‘Tapback’ spam

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Google this spring updated my Messages app to support handling iMessage reactions. That is, instead of spamming a group chat with individual messages whenever someone responded to a text using one of iMessage’s emoji reactions known as Tapbacks, the app will now display emojis attached to the side of the message where they should be. With the release of iOS 16, Apple seems to have fixed this long-standing annoyance on its part.

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First noticed 9to5Macfeature was also tweeted released by an Apple employee on Monday as one of many post updates coming with iOS 16 and macOS Ventura. While Basic moments – including editing messages, marking as unread and recalling – were detailed during Apple’s WWDC keynote on Monday, the new “SMS Tapback Inference” feature was not among them.

By design, when iMessage users chat with Android users, the conversation turns into an SMS chat. Even a single Android user in a group chat will kill blue bubbles, a design choice that helped Apple lock iPhone users out of its platform. especially American teenagers who think the green bubble is “uncool”. But the reality is that all iPhone users will end up chatting with an Android user at some point, and in those cases, Tapback emoji reactions turn into spam texts.

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Instead of displaying emojis next to a message as intended, users get separate (and very annoying!) extra texts that someone has liked, liked or otherwise reacted to the given message when the chat takes place on mobile platforms. This clutters up group chats, leads to redundant notifications, and generally degrades the user experience.

Apple is fortunately addressing this issue as this emoji reaction feature will now interact better with Android. Instead of receiving additional text, the emoji reaction will be displayed next to the message the user is reacting to, but in green to indicate its Android origin.

Although the newer RCS communication standard supports emoji reactions Initially, Apple hasn’t rolled out RCS support yet – perhaps because RCS is too similar to iMessage with its features like typing indicators, read receipts, higher quality picture messages, and more.

But this feature at least allows for easier cross-platform messaging.

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