Apple reacted predictably to Beeper’s bold initiative to provide an iMessage client for Android devices. Nevertheless, Beeper’s developers overcame a few obstacles and made just enough adjustments to get things operating again, albeit with some intricate fixes. As a harsh response to Beeper’s patch, Apple blocked certain users from using iMessage. Beeper has decided to discontinue its iMessage endeavors, despite Apple having since lifted the prohibition.
After the December 21 upgrade, which enabled users to establish an iMessage connection using a spare Mac or iPhone, the service’s X (Twitter) account described some of the improvements that appeared to be going forward. All 30 reports Beeper received about this banning occurrence came from Mac users, the company later discovered during its inquiry.
Apple banned some Beeper user Mac computers, New York Times investigated, Apple unbanned.— Beeper (@onbeeper) January 26, 2024
The saga continues! Even after we've shifted our energy from iMessage back to our core Beeper product (15 network universal chat app), Apple cannot seem to get enough!
Here's the TLDR: pic.twitter.com/pMln2xK6Kf
After a story by The New York Times, it seems that Macs were no longer banned. The prohibited Macs could not even open the macOS Messages app, according to reports that Apple marked these machines as spam. On other devices, such as the iPhone and iPad, iMessage continued to function normally since thankfully Apple IDs remained untouched. The Beeper team says they sent Apple a direct email regarding the incident involving the restriction, but they never heard back. They then went up to a reporter for the New York Times who had covered Beeper before, and that reporter contacted Apple on their behalf. From what Beeper could tell, the bans were lifted after about two days.
Beeper closes Cloud connection
Customers who haven’t had their Macs unbanned yet are advised to contact Apple Support or Beeper by utilizing the app’s Report a Problem feature. The bad news is that the service is completely discontinuing the ability to establish new Beeper Cloud iMessage connections. Users can also remove the iMessage connection from Beeper’s desktop software by following these instructions.
Based on the company’s blog post from more than a month ago, it appears that Beeper is formally quitting up, even if the writing was already pretty well on the wall. Not to mention that a few weeks later, the Beeper Mini app was taken down from the Google Play Store.After this occurrence, the service intends to continue forward by providing support for additional messaging apps on its platform. Although we don’t think it will be online for very long, we discovered that the Beeper website still lists iMessage among the 15 supported messaging apps.
Apple offers RCS messaging on iMessage
In related news, Apple has decided to offer RCS messaging on iMessage this year, primarily due to regulatory pressure from the EU; nonetheless, the green bubbles aren’t going away. Similar to this, the business is also implementing other modifications in the EU, such the launch of its App Store. Spotify, a major streaming service, has called the company’s pricing structure for this new app distribution strategy “extortion,” and it has drawn a lot of criticism (via The Verge).