Your iPhone could soon get a feature that’ll end a nightmare we’ve all faced

We’ve all been there. You grab your iPhone and quickly fire-off a message only to realise you’ve pinged it to the wrong person by mistake, or worse yet, there’s an unfortunate typo that makes the text to an elderly relative sound wholly inappropriate.

It’s a nightmare scenario we’ve all faced numerous times. And as it stands, there’s nothing to be done other than burying your head in the sand or feigning ignorance next time you cross paths with your nan.

However, Apple is purportedly working on a fix to save our blushes. The company is rumoured to be working on a feature which would allow iPhone owners to edit texts after they’ve been sent with its popular Messages app.

As spotted by the eagle-eyed team at Apple Insider, it seems the US firm is considering launching the option so fans can change what they’ve said in a message. The update was found in a recent patent that has just been published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

The patent states: “There is a need for electronic devices with improved methods and interfaces for editing sent messages. Such methods and interfaces may complement or replace conventional methods for editing sent messages. Such methods and interfaces reduce the number, extent, and/or the nature of the inputs from a user and produce a more efficient human-machine interface.”


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So, how would this work?

iPhone users can currently delete messages from their own devices by long pressing on the blue bubble and selecting “More”, then tapping the bin icon.

However, be warned – this only deletes the message from your iPhone and not the recipient’s device, leaving them able to read and re-read your disastrous text as many times as they like while you mistakenly believe you’re out of the woods.

According to the patent, iPhone owners who want to alter what they’ve said in a previous message will be able to long-press on the text and select a new Edit option from the menu. Unlike the Delete option, which only works for the sender, this will alter the message on both the sender and the recipient’s iPhone. Once the message has been changed, and to make things fully transparent, the Messages app will indicate that a text has been edited.

Along with this edit function, it’s also thought that Apple could be working on a private message feature and the ability to translate texts to other languages.

There’s no official confirmation of these updates but we may not have too long until we find out what features are inbound for the iPhone.

Apple recently announced that its WWDC Developers Conference will take place in June but this year it will be an online event only. The firm usually hosts thousands of developers who make the trip to California to see all of Apple’s software innovations and updates.

Now in its 31st year, Apple says that WWDC 2020 will take on an entirely new online format and will be full with content for consumers, press and developers alike. WWDC is where the US technology firm always reveals what’s next for its products such as the iPhone, Apple Watch and Mac.

“We are delivering WWDC 2020 this June in an innovative way to millions of developers around the world, bringing the entire developer community together with a new experience,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

“The current health situation has required that we create a new WWDC 2020 format that delivers a full program with an online keynote and sessions, offering a great learning experience for our entire developer community, all around the world. We will be sharing all of the details in the weeks ahead.”

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