Apple’s new iPhone will let users delete previously sent messages in huge shake-up

Apple announced at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in California that iPhone users will be able to edit or recall text messages when new software is released later this year.

Apple unveiled new text messaging features for its iPhone

Apple users who want to edit a text message after it’s been sent will be able to do so — or even recall it completely — when the next version of its iPhone software is released later this year, the company said.

The Messages app update was one of dozens confirmed by the company at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) event in California.

The electronics giant has announced a new, redesigned MacBook Air laptop and a new MacBook Pro, both of which would house the second generation of Apple’s computer chip, the M2, which the company claims dramatically increases power and performances.

WWDC is used each year to preview new software releases that power Apple’s most popular devices – iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad and Mac computers.

iOS 16, the next version of Apple’s software to power the iPhone, will also include a redesigned lock screen that users can customize more extensively with different fonts, photo filters and interactive notifications.

iPhone users will now be able to recall messages they’ve already sent



The message update will allow users to recall a message up to 15 minutes after sending it, the company said.

The software will also include an update to Apple Pay called Apple Pay Later, which the company says would allow users to split the cost of an Apple Pay purchase into four payments over six weeks with no interest or additional fees to pay. – which is introduced in the United States only at first.

Other notable announcements from the event included a new personal security tool called Security Check, which will allow users to review and reset account and data access granted to others, including position sharing, if they leave an abusive relationship.

The tech giant also shared more details about its previously confirmed plans to move away from typed passwords by announcing a new feature called passkeys, which will replace entering a password with authentication via a fingerprint or face scan when logging in on their Apple device. .

Tim Cook spoke at the Worldwide Developers Conference in California


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But despite strong rumors suggesting the company’s first augmented reality headset could be previewed, there was no mention of the technology or such a device during the keynote.

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said he was “confident” that “the company’s incredible products and innovative platforms will inspire developers to do the best work of their lives.”

Ru Bhikha, mobile phone expert at, said, “The release of iOS 16 promises the ability to customize the phone’s lock screen to an incredible degree, allowing users to change every aspect of the phone’s appearance. of their screen.

“Letting users have different lock screens for different purposes, like work or personal, is a neat idea and highlights notifications appropriate for the current setting.

“Introducing the ability to edit and delete the messages you just sent could be a boon, especially for those times when you’ve sent your boss a text meant for your partner – taking a page out of the book Slack game.

“Apple Pay Later is a timely wallet update amid the cost of living crisis, and will allow users to spread large purchases over four small, interest-free payments.”

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