iOS 16 Beta 4 iMessage Editing And Unsending Time Limits Reduced

Apple released iOS 16 beta 4 to developers yesterday and it brings with it a slew of improvements and bug fixes. But it’s the changes to the way iMessage works that are capturing a lot of attention.

With iOS 16, Apple is now allowing users to unsend and edit iMessages, and both additions have been available in previous betas. However, with the fourth beta release Apple has made some fundamental changes to the way both additions work.

Starting with editing messages, Apple now limits the number of edits to five, preventing anyone from making changes beyond that.

There is also now a log of all edits that have been made, showing both the send and recipient all versions of the message. Why that change has been made isn’t clear, and it’s arguable that it removes the usefulness of being able to edit messages in the first place.

Another change is the reduction in the time limit during which iMessages can be unsent. That limit was previously 15 minutes, but with beta 4 it’s been reduced to just two minutes — again, for reasons unknown. The time limit for editing messages remains at 15 minutes, however.

Apple is expected to release more betas before iOS 16 is ready for the public and it’s possible that further changes are afoot. We expect Apple to make iOS 16 and other new updates available in or around September, around the same time that it also releases the new iPhone 14 lineup.

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