Apple iOS 16 introduces new fundamental messaging features

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Apple just introduced some new improvements with iOS 16 at its annual WWDC event. One of the first areas addressed during the stream was messaging, which takes on much-needed and much-requested fundamentals.

You can now edit and delete messages

So we all know how easy it is to mess up the text in a message and only realize it after you’ve sent it. Well, you can now finally edit your sent messages to avoid any mishaps and accidental (or not so accidental) typos. But what if you want to delete a message completely? Fortunately, Apple has enabled that option as well.

Mark as unread

What’s more, for those times when you open a post but can’t reply to it right away, you can now mark the thread as unread. That way, you’ll have a visual prompt reminding you to come back and give your answer at a later time.

iMessage gets SharePlay integration

Now, all three of the new messaging features are admittedly fundamental that perhaps should have been available to iOS much earlier. After all, most other messaging apps have had them for years. However, there is another new addition that is specific to Apple devices: SharePlay.SharePlay is a feature that allows you to share the experience of watching a movie or TV show and listening to music with friends in full sync during FaceTime. conversations. Now SharePlay is also coming to the iMessage app. In other words, participants can send messages while enjoying content together.

Setting up SharePlay via iMessage is done the same way as when using with FaceTime. You send a link to everyone you want to invite via Share Sheet. Once they open the link, the other participants will be directed to the media being shared.

SharePlay will likely be officially available sometime in the fall for iOS 16 and iPadOS 16.

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