Apple just released the second developer beta of iOS 16, and the first thing that caught my eye was the updated message filtering. With this update, the company has made it clear that they are serious about optimizing your SMS messages.
Here’s a rundown of what’s included in the new update:
The new update allows developers of filter extensions such as the one created by Truecaller, or Apple’s own SMS filter available in India and Brazil – classify non-personal messages into 12 subcategories under “Transactions” and “Promotions”. The Transactions category includes Finance, Reminders, Orders, Health, Public Services, Weather, Carrier, Rewards, and Other; the Promotions category includes offers, coupons, and more.
During session of the World Developers Conference (WWDC) this yearApple has detailed how developers can include these categories in their SMS filters. Based on this, it looks like the new categories will only be available to Indian users. We have asked Apple to clarify whether these subcategories will be available in other countries and will update the information if we receive a response.
Indian iPhone users will also receive retrievable events, such as movie or train ticket bookings, as Siri Suggestions, in message threads, and in their calendar inbox. Apple wants to make sure you don’t miss your train.
There is some joy for US users as well. When iOS 16 is released, users will be able to report spam to carriers using the new “Report Junk Mail” that will appear in the Messages app under the “Unknown Senders” category. In its iOS 16 beta 2 release notes, Apple revealed that the feature will only be available on select carriers, but there is no information on which carriers might be available at this time.
What’s more, if you’re using your iPhone in dual SIM mode, you’ll also be able to filter messages based on their SIM cards.
For years on Android, apps like Microsoft SMS Organizer made life easier for users by offering to filter SMS messages by different categories. While Apple introduced filtering with iOS 14, this new division of subcategories merges the Messages app with its Android counterparts.
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