The capacity to edit and unsend messages was one of many flagship options of iOS 16 announced earlier this month, however the performance may not work effectively in case you’re messaging anybody who’s not utilizing the most recent model of Apple’s software program. The newest iOS developer beta 16 features a messy workaround to permit newly editable iMessages to be obtained on iPhones with out iOS 16, 9to5Mac reports. It may show annoying for anybody in an iMessage group chat utilizing an older iPhone or Android.
Rather than merely seeing the edited model of a message, if somebody working iOS 16’s second beta tries to edit an iMessage despatched to a tool with an older model of the software program, then the latter will obtain the edit as a second textual content, preceded by the phrases “Edited to. Previous developer betas of iOS 16 wouldn’t ship something in any respect when making an attempt to edit a message despatched to a non-iOS 16 gadget. But the brand new strategy appears fairly messy for the recipient, who’ll see a number of messages. 9to5Mac reviews that Apple’s software program is unable to mechanically delete the unique message after an edited model is distributed.
For most iPhone house owners, the difficulty is unlikely to persist for lengthy on condition that iOS 16 will probably be accessible for gadgets going back to 2017’s iPhone 8, not to say the truth that Apple may be very fast at getting new variations of its software program rolled out. But it may nonetheless show annoying for Android customers in iMessage group chats, or anybody nonetheless utilizing a pre-2017 iPhone. That mentioned, there could possibly be benefits to having the ability to view an unedited message.
It’s an identical mess to how emoji reactions (aka “tapbacks”) have traditionally been dealt with when despatched between iOS and Android. But right here an answer has progressively emerged to the issue, with Google updating its messaging app to appropriately parse tapbacks despatched from iOS, and Apple planning a similar update with iOS 16. Here’s hoping an identical answer finally emerges for editable iMessages.