The latest software update for iOS 16 was recently launched for the general public with new features for iMessage. As for what’s next for the service, a new rumor suggests that iMessage may receive a complete overhaul in iOS 17 with an updated interface.
iMessage may be completely overhauled next year, shaky rumor suggests
The leak comes from Twitter user @MajinBuOfficial. It is important to note that his track record is far from stellar. Bu’s source for the leak is also unnamed.
As for the leak itself, it suggests that iMessage will essentially be redesigned from the group up in iOS 17. The service is expected to receive a new home tab, chat rooms, video clips, and new chat features in augmented reality.
Bu has not confirmed if the leak is backed by visual evidence or if it is based on word of mouth from his source. In addition, the screenshot he shared in his tweet includes mockups. The mockups show a colorful new interface for chats as well as the chat list. The colors for the message bubbles look eerily similar to the message bubbles in Instagram’s Direct Messages.
According with my resource, Apple is working on a new version of iMessage completely renewed. New home, chat rooms, video clips, and new chat features in AR. It should be released next year along with the new headset #Apple #AppleAR #iMessage pic.twitter.com/Wp2WT8apNX
— Majin Bu (@MajinBuOfficial) October 14, 2022
As for the augmented reality features that are mentioned in the tweet, they do not necessarily relate to Apple’s long-rumored AR/VR headset. This is because some of Apple’s iPhone and iPad models also offer AR functionalities thanks to their LiDAR sensors.
This year, Apple added a bunch of new features to iMessage. But, the features are not revolutionary. Instead, they only enhance the current experience on the app. The features include editing messages, the ability to undo sending messages, and marking conversations as unread so you can reply to them at a later date. Apple also expanded SharePlay to the service in iOS 16.
Keeping all of that in mind, it would make sense for Apple to up its game to compete with other instant messaging services. However, a complete redesign of iMessage seems like a reach.
Majin Bu is also the same leaker who recently claimed that the “iPhone 15 Ultra” will have two front cameras and it will start from 256GB. On the other hand, the iPhone 15 Pro will only have one front camera and will start from 128GB. Both models are set to offer USB-C connectivity.