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Beeper Mini Is Back After Dispute With Apple, But With A Few Big Changes

In their joint Substack post, Beeper cofounders Eric Migicovsky and Brad Murray expressed outrage at a statement made by Apple to The Verge over the weekend. The tech giant told the news organization that Beeper Mini’s iMessage workaround “posed significant risks to user security and privacy, including the potential for metadata exposure and enabling unwanted messages, spam, and phishing attacks.” Migicovsky and Murray called Cupertino’s position “1984-esque doublespeak” and “complete FUD” (fear, doubt, and uncertainty), claiming that Beeper Mini enhances security on both Android and iOS by allowing users to communicate between platforms over iMessage rather than falling back to the far less secure SMS standard.

Regarding the need for users to sign in with their Apple ID on the updated Beeper Mini, the cofounders state that phone number registration is not working and that iMessage chats are being routed through email addresses. They add that they’re “working on a fix.” They emphasized that neither Beeper Mini nor Beeper Cloud run on Mac relay servers, a security concern that arose with other Android iMessage clients.

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