An iOS 16 Feature That’ll Save You from Cringeworthy iMessage Texts

This story is part of WWDC 2022, CNET’s complete coverage from and about Apple’s annual developers conference.

Apple’s latest iPhone function may help avert an easy texting mistake: You’re shortly sending a textual content message to your good friend Jane a few shock celebration in your good friend John. Unfortunately, with John in your thoughts, you by chance ship that iMessage to him as a substitute. There’s nothing you are able to do — at the very least not when you do this right now. With the discharge of iOS 16 this fall, you’ll recall any accidental message or edit what you have stated, so long as you catch the error shortly.

Apple introduced these new texting options for the iPhone at its WWDC event on Monday. It additionally confirmed one other new Messages function that can allow you to mark texts as unread if you cannot instantly reply. Other new options coming to the iPhone embrace new lock screen customization options and Apple Pay Later. And SharePlay is getting added to Messages. 

We’ll clarify how the 2 new texting options will work with the replace slated for this fall. For extra, here is how to download and install the iOS 16 beta in your iPhone and iPad.

Edit messages you have already despatched

If you utilize messaging instruments like Slack, you have doubtless edited at the very least one — or 100 — of the messages you have despatched. Whether you made a typo or your message incorporates incorrect knowledge, the enhancing function is a pleasant approach to make your corrections shortly. With iOS 16, you will additionally be capable to edit your messages despatched from your iPhone inside quarter-hour of sending.

To start making modifications, you will choose the Edit function. The particular person on the opposite finish will see the message has been edited however will not be capable to see the unique message — although after all they could have already learn it earlier than you edited it.

While this new device will assist put an finish to embarrassing typos as soon as and for all, it may additionally permit individuals to rewrite their textual content historical past, together with cyberbullies wanting to cover the proof of bullying. If you obtain a dangerous message, it might be greatest to take a screenshot of the dialog in case it is edited sooner or later.

Immediately recall any messages you by chance despatched

iPhone menu to undo send of a text message

Apple/Screenshot by Katie Teague/CNET

Accidental messages occur method too typically. Maybe you tapped the ship button whenever you meant to pick an emoji. Or maybe you messaged the unsuitable particular person completely. In both case, you’ll recall these messages when iOS 16 turns into out there. 

With the brand new function, you will press on the textual content message you need to unsend till a menu pops up. You’ll then choose Undo Send from the menu. The message can be eliminated from the texting display and you will see a be aware that claims “You unsent a message.” The recipient will see a grey textual content standing message that claims, “[Name] unsent a message” in the event that they’ve already seen the textual content. This is much like the Delete Message function that apps like WhatsApp and Signal have already got, which additionally present the same message after a textual content is recalled.

While you look forward to these new options to reach, try the brand new makeover coming to Apple Maps. Also, here is Apple’s New MacBook Air.



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