Apple iPhone users will soon be able to edit and unsend messages after a software update later this year.
The next version of its iOS software will allow users to reset texts in iMessages up to 15 minutes after they’ve been sent, the company said.
Apple’s iOS 16 will also feature a redesigned lock screen that can be more fully customized with different fonts, photo filters, and interactive notifications.
The Messages app update was one of dozens confirmed by the tech giant at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) event in California.
WWDC is an annual platform used each year to showcase new releases of software for Apple’s most popular devices, including the iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad and Mac computers.
What else has Apple announced?
Apple said the new iOS software will include an update to Apple Pay called Apple Pay Later, which would allow users to split the cost of an Apple Pay purchase into four payments over six weeks without paying interest or additional fees are. However, this will initially only be introduced in the USA.
The company also announced a new, redesigned MacBook Air laptop and a new MacBook Pro, both of which would feature the second generation of Apple’s homebuilt computing chip, the M2, which the company said would dramatically increase power and performance.
Among the other announcements was the launch of a new personal security tool called Security Check, which will allow users to review and reset accounts and data access granted to others, including location sharing for situations like leaving an abusive relationship.
The tech giant shared more details on its previously confirmed plans to move away from typed passwords and announced a new feature called Passkeys, which replaces typing a password with either fingerprint or face scan authentication when logging in to an Apple device .
But despite strong rumors suggesting the company’s first augmented reality headset could be previewed, there was no mention of the technology or any such device during the keynote.
Apple CEO 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, Cell Phone Expert at Uswitch.com, said: “The release of iOS 16 promises the ability to customize the phone’s lock screen to an incredible extent, allowing users to change every aspect of their screen’s look.
“Allowing users to have different lock screens for different purposes such as work or personal is an interesting idea and highlights notifications that are appropriate for the current setting.
“Introducing the ability to edit and delete messages just sent could be a godsend, especially in those cases where you’ve sent your boss a message meant for your partner – taking a page out of the Slack playbook.
“Apple Pay Later is a timely update to the wallet amid the cost-of-living crisis, allowing users to split large purchases into four smaller interest-free payments.”