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iOS 16 will let you edit and even unsend texts in Messages

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And mark threads unread to revisit them later

What an edited message looks like in Messages on iOS 16
What an edited message looks like in Messages on iOS 16
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During its WWDC 2022 event, Apple announced a bunch of new features on the way for its software platforms, including the ability to edit messages you’ve already sent in its Messages app. Apple software engineering senior VP Craig Federighi announced the changes while discussing iOS 16 updates, adding that users will be able to unsend messages, and mark threads unread to easily revisit them later, covering three of the most requested features from iMessage users.

In the fine print of its event press release, Apple explains that the ability to edit or unsend a message will be available for 15 minutes, and once a message is deleted, users can recover them for up to 30 days.

Users can edit or recall a message for up to 15 minutes after sending it, or recover recently deleted messages for up to 30 days after deletion

Of course, you may not have as many typos to fix once the new features launch, since there’s a new Dictation experience that “lets you fluidly move between voice and touch.” The keyboard will stay open while you use voice dictation, and it supports emoji detection while you’re talking.

Undo Send in Apple Messages
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Another tweak will put a list of SharePlay-ready apps directly into FaceTime, so you can easily see which ones are available, while a button for the feature in Messages makes it easier to text back and forth while you watch together. If you’d like to try the features out as soon as possible, Apple will release a developer preview of iOS 16 today, and plans to offer a public beta of the new software to users next month — you can sign up for access right here.


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