You Can Unsend Embarrassing iMessages With the Next iPhone Update

Finally, iOS 16 will let you edit or delete iMessages you've sent.

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Apple's Delete and Edit feature shown off at WWDC 2022.

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Apple's  Messages app will offer a new Delete and Edit feature in its upcoming iOS 16, the company said at its WWDC 2022 conference on Monday. 

The feature allows you to edit and unsend already-sent iMessages, potentially preventing embarrassing situations. The update also lets you mark threads and individual messages as unread, so you can remember to go back and respond to them later.

A public beta version of iOS 16 will likely arrive over the summer. Apple took the wraps off a host of new features for iOS 16 during the keynote at its annual developers conference. The new features: highly customizable lock screens, an Apple Maps makeover and Safety Check, a feature for people facing domestic violence.

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WWDC runs through Friday. Here's our coverage of all the new products and features Apple has announced so far. 

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