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Facebook says it’s been asking Apple to let people change iPhone’s default messages app for years

The Verge Friday, 25 September 2020
Facebook says it’s been asking Apple to let people change iPhone’s default messages app for yearsIllustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

With iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, Apple finally acquiesced to a longtime request from customers: the company introduced an option to change your default apps for browsing the web and handling email. But many other categories of apps — messages, music, calendar, etc. — remain stuck on Apple’s built-in software. Facebook isn’t too pleased about that. According to The Information, Facebook is making a more forceful push to convince the iPhone maker to let people choose their own preferred messaging app.

“We feel people should be able to choose different messaging apps and the default on their phone,” Stan Chudnovsky, Facebook’s head of Messenger, told The Information. “Generally, everything is moving this direction anyway.” According to him,...
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