Apple's iOS 16 Finally Lets Users Unsend, Edit iMessages and People Have Thoughts

Fresh off announcing the iPhone 14, Apple officially released its new iOS 16, which lets users edit and unsend iMessages for the first time.

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iPhone iOS16

Fresh off announcing the iPhone 14, Apple on Monday released its new iOS 16 software, which lets users edit and unsend text messages for the first time.

The feature enables the unsending of an iMessage for up to two minutes after it was sent, and leaves a 15-minute window to edit one. The new operating system is available on any iPhone released in the years since 2017, and both people sending iMessages need the update in order to access the new tool.

The below video demonstrates how to edit and unsend texts on iOS 16.

5/ Edit a message you just sent or unsend a recent message altogether

Long tap on the message you've just sent. From there, you can select "Undo Send" or "Edit".

— Marius Hauken (@mhauken) September 10, 2022

This month Apple announced the iPhone 14, which features several new improvements. Among them are the A15 Bionic chip, upgraded camera specs including a 12MP main camera with a faster aperture, 49-percent boost in low-light capture scenarios, a new TrueDepth camera on the front (with autofocus), and an expansion of Deep Fusion rendering by way of the new Photonic Engine feature.

The iPhone 14 will start at $799, while the 14 Plus starts at $899. The iPhone 14 Pro starts at $999 and the Pro Max starts at $1099, with pre-orders having begun for all the models.

In light of Apple’s new iMessage feature, countless people have taken to social media to share their reactions to being able to edit and unsend messages:

me unsending my iMessage then realizing the other person ain’t got ios 16 yet and it won’t delete for them

— jotman🌵 (@jotmanjotman) September 13, 2022

Let Gaslighting+ commence

— Chioma Lynn (@ChiomaLynn) September 13, 2022

unsending imessages cause im not who I was when I was angry >>>

— BIGLOHANWICK (@aliyahlohan) September 12, 2022

if you edit or unsend our iMessages it’s on sight

— brandolo (@dwyyer) September 12, 2022

I know it will be marked edited and you can view the unedited version but that just means DOUBLE the screenshots.

— Lady Lawya (@Parkerlawyer) September 12, 2022

Me unsending my iMessages to the girls who left me on read

— Pots 🪴 (@ActuallyPots) September 12, 2022


— Mother Ro$e (@OriginalRose_) September 13, 2022

Child Where Was This 2 Relationships Ago?

— B. (@Dime____Piece) September 13, 2022

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