Apple iMessage Patent Describes the Ability to Edit Already Sent Texts

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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office this week published a new Apple patent application that details features for editing sent messages, an improved application launcher and many other possible features. (via AppleInsider)


The patent application specifically describes features of "a messaging user interface of a message application" that are not currently in iOS. These include ways to easily acknowledge messages, display private messages, synchronize viewing of content between users, translate foreign language text, and combine messages into a group. The document suggests improvements to some familiar Messages features such as bubble and full-screen effects, as well as sending and receiving money with Apple Pay.

Among the most striking new features presented is full text-editing capability for sent messages. A simple means of selecting a message with a predefined touch input could lead to a menu with an option for editing, resulting in "a message editing interface" and display of "a revised version of the message" for all recipients. The included drawing shows a "Show Edits" button that could show a history of changes.

iMessage apps were introduced in iOS 10 with some limitations, and many messages apps are reliant on existing third-party apps on a user's device. The patent, however, details fuller apps within Messages and new "Application Management Interfaces". The enclosed illustrations appear to show a dynamic application dock that would work alongside "input affordances" to guide the user to find the correct app. There is also the suggestion that applications in Messages could be more well-integrated and interactive.

Improving applications in Messages and text-editing features would allow Apple to better compete with other more fully-featured popular messaging apps such as WeChat. When these features will be included in iOS remains to be seen.

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How is this a valid patent? Surely editing instant messages has been around for eons... Does this not get affected by "prior Art"?
The patent application specifically describes features of "a messaging user interface of a message application" that are not currently in iOS
The patent isn't about editing messages, it's about the user interface/look and feel/gestures used to edit messages. It's clear if you actually read the claims in the patent.
 

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How is this a valid patent? Surely editing instant messages has been around for eons... Does this not get affected by "prior Art"?
It’s a patent application, not a patent.

And contrary to everything in this post, as it stands now, the application is not trying to patent anything to do with editing messages.

Here’s an example of what Apple is actually trying to get a patent on:

1. A method, comprising: at an electronic device having one or more processors, memory, a touch-sensitive surface, a digital camera, and a display: displaying a messaging user interface on the display, the messaging user interface including a conversation transcript of a messaging session between a user of the electronic device and at least one other user, a message-input area, at least one avatar corresponding to a first other user included in the messaging session, and an application affordance; while displaying the messaging user interface, detecting a first input on the touch sensitive surface; in response to detecting the first input: in accordance with a determination that the first input corresponds to selection of the at least one avatar displayed in the messaging user interface, displaying a menu that contains a plurality of activatable menu items associated with the at least one avatar overlaid on the messaging user interface; and in accordance with a determination that the first input corresponds to selection of the application affordance, displaying a plurality of application launch icons for a plurality of corresponding applications within the messaging user interface, wherein activation of a respective application launch icon in the plurality of application launch icons causes a corresponding application to be displayed within the messaging user interface, and wherein displaying the plurality of application launch icons for the plurality of corresponding applications within the messaging user interface includes: in accordance with a determination that the messaging user interface included display of a keyboard at the time the first input was detected, displaying the plurality of application launch icons while maintaining display of the message-input area at a location at which it was displayed prior to detecting the first input; and in accordance with a determination that the messaging user interface did not include display of a keyboard at the time the first input was detected, displaying the conversation transcript in a first area of the display and shifting the message-input area in a first direction in order to display the plurality of application launch icons in a second area of the display, distinct from the first area.
 

Eorlas

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would love message scheduling, and a quick compose feature tied to a button press. we "filthy awful stupid edgy jailbreakers" used to call it biteSMS.
 
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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office this week published a new Apple patent application that details features for editing sent messages, an improved application launcher and many other possible features. (via AppleInsider)


The patent application specifically describes features of "a messaging user interface of a message application" that are not currently in iOS. These include ways to easily acknowledge messages, display private messages, synchronize viewing of content between users, translate foreign language text, and combine messages into a group. The document suggests improvements to some familiar Messages features such as bubble and full-screen effects, as well as sending and receiving money with Apple Pay.

Among the most striking new features presented is full text-editing capability for sent messages. A simple means of selecting a message with a predefined touch input could lead to a menu with an option for editing, resulting in "a message editing interface" and display of "a revised version of the message" for all recipients. The included drawing shows a "Show Edits" button that could show a history of changes.

iMessage apps were introduced in iOS 10 with some limitations, and many messages apps are reliant on existing third-party apps on a user's device. The patent, however, details fuller apps within Messages and new "Application Management Interfaces". The enclosed illustrations appear to show a dynamic application dock that would work alongside "input affordances" to guide the user to find the correct app. There is also the suggestion that applications in Messages could be more well-integrated and interactive.

Improving applications in Messages and text-editing features would allow Apple to better compete with other more fully-featured popular messaging apps such as WeChat. When these features will be included in iOS remains to be seen.

Article Link: Apple iMessage Patent Describes the Ability to Edit Already Sent Texts
“synchronize viewing of content between users, translate foreign language text” these are some great features that we will probably only see in iOS 15 or 16 at the earliest
 
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I would LOVE it if iMessage could be set to automatically delete photos once viewed. Kind of like Snapchat. Right now I have so many images attached to the Messages app and it’s annoying to delete them. At least on WhatsApp you can delete them all at once or by contact
 
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