The latest beta versions of iOS 16 have tightened the
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The latest beta versions of iOS 16 have tightened the rules for deleting and editing sent iMessages

Accidentally sending a message to the wrong recipient can be a funny event at best and lead to a complete breakup in the relationship or even more serious consequences at worst. However, some people might abuse these features, so in the beta versions of iOS 16 Beta 4, iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura, the rules for deleting and editing already sent iMessages in the Messages app have been tightened.

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Image source: Jhon Paul Dela Cruz/unsplash.com

According to portal 9to5macthe iOS 16 beta feature will at least avoid awkward moments when you have to apologize and say, “Sorry, this isn’t for you.”

As is well known, the function only works correctly if the recipient is also using the latest version of the Apple operating system – this is not intended for owners of older iPhones, iPads or Macs. In addition, there are other restrictions. Specifically, only two minutes are allotted for deleting text. According to beta testers, previous builds were given 15 minutes to fix the bug. Unlimited editing is also not provided, now you can only make changes five times.

Although Apple hasn’t commented on the changes, they may be related to criticism from human rights activists – they have already stressed that deleting it gives too much time for a potential attacker to consider the consequences of their messages and destroy the text referenced indicates the offence. Another limitation will be the inability to hide edit traces – the recipient can read previous versions of edits.

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Image source: Malte Helmhold/unsplash.com

To cancel sending, long press on the sent message, after which you can choose either Delete or Edit the message in the menu that appears. After the allowed time has elapsed, the corresponding items disappear from the menu.

The finished text is shown to the recipient with a small “View Changes” button that can be viewed in chronological order.

The final builds of Apple’s latest operating systems should be available on all platforms this fall with the release of new iPhones, iPads and Macs. Those using the latest beta versions can try the feature now.

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