The ability to edit and cancel messages was one of the leading features of iOS 16, announced earlier this month, but the functionality may not work well if you send messages to anyone who doesn’t use the latest version of Apple’s software. The latest beta version 16 for iOS developers includes a confusing solution to allow new editable iMessages on the iPhone without iOS 16. 9to5Mac reports. This can be annoying for anyone in an iMessage group chat using an older iPhone or Android.
Instead of just seeing the edited version of a message, if someone using the second beta version of iOS 16 tries to edit an iMessage sent to a device with an older version of the software, then the latter will receive the edit as second text preceded by the words’ Edited to. Previous beta developers of iOS 16 didn’t send anything at all when trying to edit a message sent to a non-iOS 16 device. But the new approach seems rather messy for the recipient, who will see multiple messages. 9to5Mac reports that Apple ‘s software may not automatically delete the original message after sending an edited version.
For most iPhone owners, the problem is unlikely to last long, given that iOS 16 will be available for devices returning to the iPhone 8 from 2017, not to mention the fact that Apple is launching new versions very quickly of your software. However, it can still be annoying for Android users in iMessage group chats, or for anyone still using an iPhone before 2017. However, there may be benefits to being able to see an unedited message.
This is a similar mess with how emoji reactions (also known as “back presses”) have been handled historically when sent between iOS and Android. But here’s a solution to the problem, with Google updating its messaging app to properly analyze backlinks sent by iOS, and Apple is planning a similar update with iOS 16. Hopefully, a similar solution will eventually appear for editable iMessages.