Apple iMessage users may soon edit texts that already sent

Joanna Estrada
May 5, 2020

This means once you send a text on the Apple-owned messaging service, it can not be taken back. Well, fret not, because Apple might have a solution for you soon.

Once you use the option, the message, which has been delivered to the recipient, can be edited and tweaked. Sources say that this includes acknowledging and displaying private messages, synchronizing the content viewing between users, translating a foreign language, and finally, combining messages. The images in the patent show the recognizable contextual menu that you see when long-pressing in an iMessage, including the ability to copy a message or respond to it with a variety of emotes. This ability will surely come in handy in those cases when you want to correct a typo or want to add more context to a message to make things clearer for the receiver.

Even after years of existence, iMessage still misses the option to retract messages.

"According to the patent images, edited messages will be indicated as such, and people may have the ability to see revision history for nearly any iMessages which have been altered via a" show edits" option.

This ensures more transparency than the highly-popular "unsend" option.

That might change for Apple iPhone users though, as recently the company just filed a new patent application at the US Patent and Trademark Office for that.

The patent also introduces improvements to current iMessage features such as bubble and full-screen effects, and receives money through Apple Pay.

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