Apple has banned the new Beeper Mini App just days after its release. This app, which served as an instant messaging service between iPhone and Android phones, was banned because it relied on reverse engineering to understand how Apple’s iMessage service works.
“In an official statement, the company explained that it ‘has taken security measures to protect its users and prohibit any attempts to use fake data to access iMessage,’ according to The Verge.
Apple has warned its users against using unauthorized services to access iMessage data and messages, stating that doing so would jeopardize their security and privacy, and could also lead to disturbing messages and hack attacks. The US company is committed to continuing to take the necessary measures to protect its users and devices in the future.
A Roundabout Way
The Beeper Mini service operates by utilizing the Apple Notification Service to access Apple’s iMessage service protocol.
When a user sends a message from an Android phone through the Beeper Mini app, it reaches the iMessage servers. The Apple Messaging Protocol then interprets the message as originating from an Apple device, such as an iPhone. Consequently, the message appears in blue to the receiver, indicating that it is treated as a regular ‘iMessage’ rather than an SMS message.
However, due to Apple’s new measures, Beeper Mini will no longer be able to continue providing its service as usual. Consequently, Eric Migicovsky, the Founder and Director of Beeper, has expressed his willingness to communicate and discuss with Apple. He aims to collaborate on a thorough examination of the security methods and settings under which Beeper and its software codes operate.
Migicovsky also highlighted his team’s commitment to providing secure communication channels between iPhone and Android phones. He rejected Apple’s claims that their application poses a danger to users’ privacy. Additionally, he noted that Apple itself compromises user security by continuing to support the old, unencrypted SMS protocol.
Despite announcing his willingness to cooperate with Apple, the founder of Beeper affirmed that his team would explore various methods to restart the service, whether through Beeper Mini or another platform.
Last month, the iPhone giant announced its willingness to support the new RCS messaging standard. This move will facilitate messaging between iPhone and Android users online, eliminating the need for third-party applications and marking a major shift in the company’s policy.
In an official statement, Apple announced that by the end of next year, it will begin implementing the new standard across its various devices to facilitate messaging between users.
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