Apple unveils long-awaited messaging feature: 'Finally!'

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Apple has unveiled a new messaging feature — which might prove to be handy if you're prone to sending embarrassing messages.

On Monday (US time), Apple gave the world a peek at its upcoming software update, iOS 16, at the opening day of its annual developer's conference.

There were a series of new features announced at the conference — but one proved to be the most divisive and it could change the way you text on your iPhone.

With iOS16, people will be able to edit and un-send messages on iMessage.

With iOS16 you will be able to edit and Undo text messages on iMessage. Source: Apple
With iOS16 you will be able to edit and Undo text messages on iMessage. Source: Apple

"Users can edit or recall recently sent messages, recover recently deleted messages, and mark conversations as unread so they can come back to them later," Apple said in a press release.

In a video shared by Apple, it's shown just how easy it is to edit or un-send a message. All you have to do is hold down a specific message, and click "Undo Send" or "Edit" on the pop-up menu.

Once you hit "Undo Send", the message evaporates from the screen and the other person won't be able to see the message you have deleted.

Some people were thrilled by this news, as most people who have a phone would surely be guilty of sending a message they later regretted — or had a few errors in their message.

Not everyone is impressed by the new Apple software features. Source: Getty Images, file
Not everyone is impressed by the new Apple software features. Source: Getty Images, file

"WE CAN FINALLY UNSEND MESSAGES ON IMESSAGE??? I’m gonna be unstoppable," one person said on Twitter.

However, not everyone was thrilled about the features, a few people flagged concerns it could be used for manipulation, or it could be used to make someone look bad.

"When I saw the Unsend Messages feature on iMessage it never crossed my mind that people would use it for manipulation," someone said on Twitter.

"I just thought it would eliminate the 'Sorry wrong person' scenario."

One person was less optimistic and was sure the new un-send feature would "ruin" some relationships and a few people vowed to block anyone who uses the new features.

One user went as far as saying it could bring the collapse of society.

 

iPhone lock screen gets a facelift

The iPhone lock screen will get a facelift with the new software and users will be able to anchor their favourite apps as small widgets to the lock screen.

"The Lock Screen features widgets that take inspiration from Apple Watch complications, making it easy to get information at a glance, such as upcoming calendar events, the weather, battery levels, alarms, time zones, Activity ring progress and more," Apple said.

Users will also be able to change the look of the date and time on the screen.

The new software also will enable the lock screen to display live notifications, such as the status of a Uber ride on its way to pick up a passenger.

Users will also be able to customise the lock screen on their iPhones and add widgets. Source: Apple
Users will also be able to customise the lock screen on their iPhones and add widgets. Source: Apple

Other authorised notifications will come in from the bottom of the screen instead of the current distribution from the top in an effort to avoid clutter on the display.

The Apple Pay service that’s part of the iPhone’s digital wallet is adding a new financing feature.

The option will allow consumers to stagger the cost of any purchase made through Apple Pay over four instalments completed within a six-week period with no additional fees.

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