ALL iPhone users warned of new trick that ‘can END your relationship’

APPLE announced a big change to Messages last week, getting people talking on social media.

Internet users are warning about the various ways the upcoming ability to edit your texts could be abused.

You'll soon have the ability to edit texts sent through the iPhone's Messages app

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You’ll soon have the ability to edit texts sent through the iPhone’s Messages appPhoto credit: Getty

The feature will be added to the Messages app – formerly known as iMessage – later this year.

It’s part of a major overhaul of the iPhone’s iOS operating system.

After the update, users can tap and hold a text message they’ve sent to change it.

It is currently not possible to edit messages that have already been sent.

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Apple says the feature will come in handy for anyone who wants to correct an error in one of their texts.

However, a number of videos on TikTok have highlighted the myriad ways the technology could be abused.

In a video, a TikTok creator with early access to the software showed how it can be used to sour someone’s relationship.

He proposed a tongue-in-cheek scenario in which he asks a girl a harmless question to which she replies “yes.”

The TikToker then changes their original question to something much more explicit and takes screenshots of the conversation.

It is hinted that the screenshot could then be sent to the girl’s partner as proof that she is unfaithful.

Other scenarios suggested by TikTokers include ill-advised changes to texts sent to bosses, friends, and family members.

However, the danger posed by the editing function is somewhat overstated.

The recipient of a message is notified that it has been edited, leaving little room for misinterpretation.

However, no records are kept of any changes made.

This recording is kept public on apps like Facebook to avoid confusion or misdirection.

Apple announced the message editing tool on June 7 during its WWDC 2022 conference in California.

The ability to cancel and edit iMessages will be added as part of iOS 16, the iPhone’s next major software update.

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You only have 15 minutes to make changes to a text before the option expires.

Competing chat app WhatsApp already has an unsend feature – but there is currently no text editing feature.

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