Extract from Doug Austin’s article “eDiscovery Impacts of Apple’s New iOS 16 Features”
When I first heard that Apple is adding an unsend feature to iPhones, I thought “that sounds like a spoliator’s dream”. But the eDiscovery impacts of Apple’s new iOS 16 features may save spoliators – if they act in time.
Monday, Apple announced the new features that are expected with its new iOS 16 version that will be available for public beta next month. One feature I’ve already heard people talking about a lot is the new ability to unsend a text message.
If you’re like me and you’re thinking about the eDiscovery impacts of Apple’s new feature, you’re probably also thinking “that sounds like a spoliator’s dream”. Well, fear not.
In the end notes of its release, Apple states: “Users can edit or recall a message for up to 15 minutes after sending it, or recover recently deleted messages for up to 30 days after deletion”. Presumably, the edit and recall capabilities are only possible with messages sent to other Apple users.