Sorry Elon - you'll probably be able to edit an iMessage before a tweet

Ios 16 Messages Delete Message
Ios 16 Messages Delete Message (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • Apple announced iOS 16 earlier today.
  • The latest version of Messages adds the ability to edit a message.
  • Twitter has yet to add the feature to tweets.

Earlier today, Apple kicked off WWDC 2022 with its customary keynote.

The company announced iOS 16, iPadOS 16, watchOS 9, tvOS 16, and macOS Ventura. It also unveiled the redesigned MacBook Air and M2 processor, which it is bringing to the new Air as well as the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

One of the major upgrades in iOS 16 came to the Messages app. For iMessages, users can now "edit or recall recently sent messages, recover recently deleted messages, and mark conversations as unread."

Users can edit or recall recently sent messages, recover recently deleted messages, and mark conversations as unread so they can come back to them later. In addition, SharePlay is coming to Messages, making it possible to enjoy synced content like movies or songs and shared playback controls all while chatting in Messages.

The new feature will allow you to edit an iMessage if you make a typo and want to correct it. Once saved, the Messages app will show that the message has been edited.

Editing a message has been a request from users for years, and not just for Messages. Twitter has, for years, pushed back against the idea of allowing users to edit a tweet. Elon Musk, who is in the process of purchasing the company, has pushed to allow this feature.

Twitter has actually recently said it is working on the feature, but it looks like it's a race to see who gets there first. We all know that iOS 16 will likely launch with iPhone 14 in September, so Elon and Twitter have until then to try and get the feature launched.

Otherwise, Apple will beat Twitter to adding the edit button.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.