Apple releases second public beta of iOS 16 with updated iMessage editing features

After releasing iOS 16 beta 4 yesterday, Apple is now releasing the second public beta of this upcoming operating system. Along with this, the company is also releasing the second public beta of macOS 13 Ventura, tvOS 16, and HomePod 16 software.

These updates are available a few weeks after Apple released the first public beta of iOS 16 for users enrolled in the beta program. The constructions are the same as yesterday.

For iOS 16, one of the most notable changes is iMessage, which has updated editing features:

  • Edit a message: For 15 minutes, users can make up to 5 edits to a given message, and recipients will be able to see a record of the edits made to the message;
  • Cancel sending: Cancel sending any message up to 2 minutes after sending it;
  • Mark as unread: Mark messages as unread when you don’t have time to reply but want to be sure to reply to the sender later.

If you want to sign up for Apple’s public beta testing program, you can do so through Apple’s website here. The new version of Apple’s software won’t be complete until the fall, when it will be released to the general public. Testers should still expect performance and stability issues when running the iOS 16 public beta on mainstream devices at this time.

Apple warns against running iOS 16 public beta.

Apple’s beta software program allows users to try pre-release software. The feedback you provide about quality and usability helps us identify problems, fix them, and make Apple software even better. Please note that since public beta software has not yet been released by Apple, it may contain errors or inaccuracies and may not perform as well as released software. Be sure to back up your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and your Mac using Time Machine before installing beta software.

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