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WhatsApp is currently working on the ability for iPhone users to edit messages after they have been sent over the encrypted chat platform. The feature is not new to the market, as Apple’s iMessage and Telegram already offer similar features. However, the move would bring WhatsApp in line with its competitors and ensure the messaging platform remains competitive.
To edit a sent message, users will need to tap and hold on to a chat bubble and select the Edit option. According to WaBetaInfo, the feature will be available for up to 15 minutes after sending a message, the same duration that Apple gives iMessage users. Telegram, in contrast, gives its users 48 hours to make changes.
As the feature is still under development, it is unknown when the public rollout will take place. However, it is expected to be released to some WhatsApp beta testers in a future update of the app.
WhatsApp is also experimenting with private newsletters, according to WABetaInfo, which discovered code in a recent Android beta that included references to the feature. The private space would be located in the Status tab, allowing users to share content with followers.
Last week, WhatsApp introduced picture-in-picture support, allowing users to continue their video calls while multitasking on their iPhones. The update is available to all users, enabling them to conduct video calls in a small window while doing something else on their devices.