Apple invents new iPhone feature that lets you EDIT texts you've already sent
APPLE has cooked up a new feature that could save you from sending embarrassing texts to your mates.
The California tech titan has filed a patent for a tool that lets iPhone users edit messages after they've sent them.
Currently, there's no way to change a text in iMessage once you've hit the send button.
That can be a bit of an irritation if you fire one off with a nasty mistake.
However, Apple may well fix that in a future iOS update, if a patent application posted to the USPTO is anything to go by.
According to the filing, the option to edit a message would appear whenever someone long-presses a text in iMessage.
Currently, holding down a message opens up options to copy a message or react to it using an emote.
The edit button could be used to change typos, but won't allow people to take back mean messages.
Apple says in the patent that altered texts would be labelled as such, meaning you'll know if someone's cheekily changed something.
Users may also be able to tap a "show edits" option to see what changes have been made.
iPhone tricks to try today
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- Typing cursor – When typing, hold down the space bar to turn your keyboard into a trackpad, letting you move around words and sentences more easily
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- Delete lots of photos quickly – Hold down on a photo and then drag your finger diagonally in Photos to select lots of images at once, then hit delete
- Convert currency quickly – Swipe down from the top of your Home screen (or swipe left to right on an iPhone X), then tap in the bar and type a currency (like $200) and it will automatically covert to your local currency
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- Move apps around faster – Hold an app until it starts wiggling, then (while still holding) tap other apps, causing them to stack so you can move them around easier
As with any patent, there's no guarantee that Apple will implement the technology any time soon.
It may shelve the idea before it's ever released, or it may unveil it in the coming months – there's no way to be sure.
Apple isn't the only tech company to come up with an "edit" button for messages.
Facebook introduced the feature several years ago for comments and posts made on its platform.
WhatsApp doesn't let you edit messages, but you can delete them after they've been sent.
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This nifty WhatsApp trick lets you "pin" your favourite chats to the top of the app.
And, find out how to read deleted WhatsApp messages on your phone.
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