Latest iOS 16 beta limits the ability to edit and delete messages

Apple is toning down iOS 16’s vaunted iMessage editing and unsend features. The company has released fourth developer betas of iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura that limit you to five edits on a given message within the available 15 minutes and reduce the window for not sending from 15 minutes to just two. You can also tap a message to see its edit history – previously it just showed a notification that it was edited.

The company did not explain the decision. We asked Apple if it can share its reasoning. However, AppleInsider outlined the potential for abuse with the previous approach. Someone might edit a message to make it appear that you have consented to something. Alternatively, they could harass you by sending messages that last long enough to be noticed but disappear before you can secure the evidence.

You can prevent edits and unsends at any time by turning off iMessage. This forces conversations to SMS texts where these features are not available. Apple’s actions won’t completely eliminate harassment, but they might encourage you to keep iMessage on without worrying that someone could easily tamper with your conversations.

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