a Mac server relaying message

Founded in 2020, Beeper’s team had originally been working on a multi-platform messaging aggregator, which was renamed Beeper Cloud this week as Beeper Mini went to launch.

The latter uses new technology that allows Android users to text iMessage users as if they were also texting from an iPhone for just $1.99 per month.

That means blue bubbles in the group chat, not green ones. Because the startup was no longer using a middleman — like a Mac server relaying messages, as other iMessage-to-Android apps employ — it would essentially appear to Apple’s servers that Beeper Mini’s messages were coming from a device that runs iMessage natively.

It’s unclear, then, how Apple was able to cut off Beeper Mini’s access.