When we talk about Apple’s patents, it’s almost always about hardware projects and experiments, but that doesn’t mean that software patents don’t exist. In AppleInsider they have discovered this one, created since Cupertino in December 2019 and published today, which describes a mechanism to be able to edit messages that have already been sent in iMessage .
This would save us having to send an additional message to correct something we have sent to a previous message, something that is already possible in services like Telegram but not in WhatsApp. It would be enough, according to the schemes, to click long on one of our sent messages to edit it.
Apple’s own touch to this patent is that we can even see the entire history of edits , so that other members of a conversation can see the reasons for that edit and have complete transparency in the chat.
The document also talks about the possibility of linking or integrating applications into each message , depending on the context of what is sent in it. For example, if we talk about reserving a table in a restaurant, Messages would show us the content of some reservation application we have installed in the device.
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We must warn about the usual: we are talking about a patent and therefore nothing that can be confirmed. Apple may have been testing this type of function but you can always discard it or keep it in a drawer to modify it later.