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Apple patents an interesting new feature for iMessage

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Published on Apr 30, 2020

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Apple patents an interesting new feature for iMessage

iMessage has come a long way since its introduction in 2011, but the messaging service, Apple is still behind competitors such as WhatsApp and Telegram in some respects. Now the company is reportedly working on exciting new features for iMessage, as a new patent reveals an option to edit the messages after they were sent.

The patent was filed by Apple in December 2019 and published today by the Office of patents and trademarks United States (USPTO), which suggests that the company might have planned to introduce some of these changes with iOS 14.The document shows what it would look like the option to change the messages that are sent on iMessage.

Apple says that this option will offer users a better messaging experience, since it will not be necessary to re-send a new text to correct what was previously written.

Are necessary for electronic devices, methods, and interfaces improved for the modification of the messages sent. Such methods and interfaces may complement or replace conventional methods for modifying the messages sent and to reduce the number, extent and / or nature of the input of a user, producing a man-machine interface more efficient.

On the basis of the models of the patent, the option to change the sent messages will appear in the actions menu by long-pressing on a message. Then, the user can correct the text or even change it completely. For the avoidance of doubt, the Messages app will indicate that a message has been altered and the recipient will be able to see the original text.


In addition to changing the sent messages, Apple also mentions “private messages” and “translate text to a foreign language as part of the improvements they are working on for iMessage in its latest patent. It is important to note, however, that at times Apple registers patents for products and features that are never officially released.

What do you think of these features? Would you like to have the option to edit the messages sent? Let us know in the comments below.

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