Apple’s iOS 16 will introduce the ability to unsend messages sent with the stock Messages app, but users may have to decide quickly if they want to retrieve correspondence.
The iPhone maker today released iOS 16 beta 4 to developers, and one of the big changes is a major reduction in the undo send deadline. In previous versions, users have been given 15 minutes to perform tasks, but beta 4 dramatically cuts that down to just two minutes (via 9to5Mac).
If Apple decides to roll out iOS 16 to consumers this autumn, that doesn’t leave much time for reflection. While it does respond to a major criticism of the pending feature, many have pointed out that it can be used by abusers to cover their tracks, rather than undo a typo or poorly phrased vocabulary. Of.
There are also changes to the iOS 16 Edit Messages feature coming in beta this autumn. While users will retain the right to edit for 15 minutes, they will now be able to edit the message up to five times.
Again, perhaps to address potential conflicts over the editing feature, Apple is now logging each edit with both the sender and receiver being able to see all previous iterations of the message. In previous versions of the beta and during the introduction of the feature at Apple’s WWDC keynote, the corrected message would simply show up and be labeled “edited.”
Apple has had time to think about the results in weeks and it seems that the company has come to the conclusion that the concerns were valid.
Although there is at least six weeks before Apple launches iOS 16, it is possible that the company may release more changes before the final version arrives with the iPhone 14. Click to read all about the iOS 16 vs iOS 15 changes.