The texting app is the most used app on my phone. It is fun and efficient, and it is often a quicker way to get a response than calling.

Even as Apple delivered a slew of new text-messaging features in a software update this week, texting still leaves a lot to be desired

Enhancements to the iMessage app are included in Apple's newest software system. Texts can be edited after they are sent, and a message can be deleted. There are tools in the Messages app that generate responses to text messages.

These changes help us sidestep awkward situations and save time, but they don't address a larger societal problem.

The pros and cons of texting are easy to see. It is difficult to set boundaries around texting with friends since texting takes only a few seconds and is considered the most urgent form of digital communication. Texting intrudes on other peoples' time.

Santamaria is one of the engineers who developed the iMessage app more than a decade ago. Over the past three years, everyone has struggled with that, and it is playing out on your home screen.

In a post-Roe era when privacy is more important than ever, texting isn't the most secure form of communication.

She said that a universal private texting service should be something that everyone should have.

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New messaging features are easy to use. If you hold down on a sent message, you have the option of editing or withdrawing it. The new texting technology, called Rich Communication Services, can be used with the Messages app on the phone.

I want to improve texting.

Adding layers of settings to let others know when we are busy has been done to make it less likely that we will be bombarded with texts. Tools are not effective.

Focus is a tool that was released by Apple last year to manage how phone notifications appear in various aspects of our lives, including at work, at home, and when we head to bed. In a work profile, Focus can be set up to let only colleagues receive text and phone notifications, and anyone not on the approved list gets a message that notifications aren't being received.

Focus is too complex and I don't like it. It takes a lot of time to set up each Focus profile, and it's important to remember toggling the feature on or off. Even though my focus setting says I am not receiving notifications, they still text me.

Future is a messaging app for people to chat with fitness trainers. He agreed that it was too difficult to set up Apple's Focus.

He doesn't want his friend on the East Coast to not send him a funny meme because he's sleeping.

Every notification adds to a to-do list. He said that the red dot was growing.

The Smart Reply tool in the messaging app can be used to respond to text messages that say you are busy. You have to manually choose a response.

The away message is a simpler tool to use for text messaging.

America Online Instant Messenger had a memo that users could use to tell people why they weren't available. The chat app can show an away status like "on vacation until Monday" It makes it hard for people to send a message.

One of the great things about texting is the ability to share something quickly. The ability to schedule a message to send later is an easy way to avoid being pestered.

This is where the messaging app has an advantage. A scheduling tool was added by the search engine. The send button needs to be held down after you compose a message. You can schedule the text to be sent with a button. A scheduling tool can be used to solve the problem of forgetting to send a text later in the day.

A digital phenomenon known as the "green bubble" effect is caused by the lack of interoperability between the messaging services of the two mobile devices.

Tim Cook, Apple's chief executive, was at a tech conference last week. In a question-and-answer session, Mr. Cook was asked if Apple would consider working with Rich Communication Services so that he could send clearer videos to his mother.

Mr. Cook doesn't hear users asking for a lot of energy to be put in on that. Purchase your mom an Apple product.

A spokeswoman for Apple wouldn't say anything.

Ms. George of Fight for the Future said that Mr. Cook's comment was condescending. She said that the problem of digital privacy was caused by the incompatibility between Apple's and the messaging apps.

Messages can be indecipherable to anyone, but the sender and recipient. The only way the encryption works is when the phones text. Users of different mobile operating systems text each other and their messages are readable by other parties

While third-party texting apps like Signal offer a way to send messages between phones, they aren't used as much as texting apps that arrive on our phones.

There is a need for Apple to support Rich Communication Services in order to strengthen privacy protection for the users of the phones.

Apple is holding back the industry and their own customers by not incorporating R.C.S.

Ms. George said that the content of text messages has become more sensitive since the reversal of the Wade decision. She said that it would serve a greater good if Apple and Google worked together on their messaging apps.

She said there is a moral obligation to see your marketing through if you are telling people they can trust you.