Since its announcement at WWDC 2022, Apple has been hard at work optimizing the upcoming version of iOS, and that effort can be seen in the updated developer betas of iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura, the next generation of operating systems for iPhone. iPad and Mac computers respectively. The Cupertino firm just recently launched its first public beta for regular users to try it out and report bugs, and it looks like Apple is working on their feedback as well. This is because the fourth developer beta, released on July 27, contains an interesting update to a rather controversial feature that allows users to revoke or edit posts on iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura.
Users of the recent iOS 16 developer beta and public betas can use the edit or retract feature in the Messages app, which allows them to edit a message sent to another user within 15 minutes of it being delivered to the recipient. As indicated 9to5Macnew (fourth) Developer Beta makes things more strict and now only allows five edits of the same message within the same 15 minute submission window.
Whereas earlier betas allowed the user to withdraw a message within fifteen minutes of being sent, that time frame has now been reduced to two, less than half the previous window. The source also points out that the recipient of an edited message will now also be able to view the edit history of the message, compared to the old beta where you could only see an indicator that it was edited, making things a lot more transparent between both sender and recipient. .
Apple didn’t explicitly mention why it cut the time limit for retracting and editing messages. Again, since all three operating systems are still in beta testing, there is a good chance that these limits may change until final stable releases are available.
The current public beta, released on July 12, brought the first stable releases of iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS Ventura, tvOS 16, and WatchOS 9 for the general public to install and try out. They are currently available for download for eligible Apple devices.
Users who are aware of the risks of using such software and wish to try out the latest beta version may register for the Apple Beta Software Program on the company’s website. Feedback from the same sources may improve the software experience before the final release, which is expected later this year.