281- iMessage RCS, MMS,SMS and The Green Bubble – With Patrice Brend’amour, Jeff Gamet, and Ben Roethig

The latest In Touch With iOS with Dave he is joined by guest, Patrice Brend’amour, Jeff Gamet, and Ben Roethig.Apple announced RCS for messages will be released in 2024. We discuss the impact and differences with MMS and SMS.  iOS 3rd party browsers are becoming more popular and new ones are released all the time.  We discuss the latest options on both the iPhone and iPad. We discuss iPhone and iPad backup ups and using iCloud along with iMazing. We review 3rd party browsers, Tips on messages, and more. 

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iOS 3rd party browsers are becoming more popular and new ones are released all the time.  We discuss the latest options on both the iPhone and iPad. 

Here is the core list of browsers as well as some indie ones. 

Safari – Apple

Google Chrome 

Microsoft Edge

Firefox for iOS (iPhone and iPad and Firefox Focus: The privacy browser

Opera Touch 

DuckDuckGo Private Browser

There are so many indie browsers out there here are some to try. 

Quiche Browser

Arc | Mobile Companion iOS

Orion Browser

Ghost Browser





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Macstock 7 2023 Digital Pass is now available. Relive the conference as you can Purchase a virtual pass to see the talks that many of our regular guests and contributors did including Dave, Brittany, Chuck, and Jeff. 

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Dave Ginsburg is an IT professional supporting Mac, iOS and Windows users and shares his wealth of knowledge of iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV and related technologies. Visit the YouTube channel follow him on Mastadon @daveg65

Twitter @daveg65.and the show @intouchwithios


Our Regular Contributors

Jeff Gamet is a podcaster, technology blogger, artist, and author. Previously, he was The Mac Observer’s managing editor, and Smile’s TextExpander Evangelist. You can find him on Mastadon @jgamet as well as Twitter and Instagram as @jgamet  His YouTube channel

Ben Roethig Former Associate Editor of GeekBeat.TV and host of the Tech Hangout and Deconstruct with Patrice  Mac user since the mid 90s. Tech support specialist. Twitter @benroethig  Website:

About our Guest

Patrice Brend’amour loves to create podcasts, automations or software. She also enjoys working with diverse sets of people, leading them to success and making a tiny difference in the world. Which she does as VP of Development at a Healthcare Software provider. She can be found at and her podcast Foodie Flashback at

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