Apple’s iOS 16 Will Allow Users to Edit and Unsend Text Messages

The news was shared by software engineering senior VP Craig Federighi, who also said that users can mark threads as "unread" so they can return to them later.

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iOS 16 is going to introduce some big changes for iPhone users. 

Announced during Apple’s WWDC 2022 event, the latest update to the iPhone will allow users to edit and unsend messages you’ve already sent in its Messages app.

New Messages updates from Apple will let you edit texts and undo send #WWDC

— The Verge (@verge) June 6, 2022

The news was shared by software engineering senior VP Craig Federighi, per The Verge, as he also revealed that users will be able to mark threads as unread so they can return to them later. The ability to edit or unsend a text will be available for up to 15 minutes after the message is initially sent, and users can recover texts up to 30 days after they are sent. 

“We’re adding three of the most highly-requested features to Messages,” Federighi said. “First, have you ever sent a message only to immediately realize you didn’t quite say what you intended? Well, no worries. Because now, you can edit any message you just sent. So embarrassing typos can be a thing of the past.”

During his description of the features, Federighi’s presentation was paired with a visual depiction of how it all will work, showing the editing text turn from blue to white. As for the unsend feature, that will appear when users hold down the text bubble, and it’ll be known as the “Undo Send” button to help users “recall a recent misfire.” 

He explained the “unread” feature will be perfect for users who don’t have “time to respond in the moment and want to be sure to come back to a message later.”

The announcement comes during a major year of change for Apple, which just recently revealed that it is discontinuing its last model of the iPod. The company made the announcement on its website, sharing that the iPod touch will soon be no more. 

“Music has always been part of our core at Apple, and bringing it to hundreds of millions of users in the way iPod did impacted more than just the music industry—it also redefined how music is discovered, listened to, and shared,” said Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, Gregg Joswiak. “Today, the spirit of iPod lives on. We’ve integrated an incredible music experience across all of our products, from the iPhone to the Apple Watch to HomePod mini, and across Mac, iPad, and Apple TV.”

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