Apple just rolled out the second developer beta for iOS 16, and the first thing that caught our eye is the revamped message filtering. With this update, the company has indicated that it is getting serious about streamlining your SMS-based messages.
Here’s a quick rundown of what’s being included in the new update:
The new update allows developers to filter extensions – such as those created by Truecaller, or Apple’s own SMS filter is available in India and Brazil – To classify non-personal messages into 12 sub-categories within “Transactions” and “Promotions”. Transactions category includes finance, reminders, orders, health, public services, weather, carriers, rewards and others; Promotions category includes offers, coupons and others.
during This year’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) sessionIn this article, Apple explained in detail how developers can include these categories in their SMS filters. Based on this, it seems that the new category will be available only for Indian users. We’ve asked Apple to clarify whether these subcategories will be available in other countries, and we’ll update the story if we hear back.
Indian iPhone users will also find extractable events – such as movie or train ticket booking – in the form of Siri suggestions, in message threads and in the calendar inbox. Apple wants to make sure you don’t miss your train.
There is some joy for US-based users as well. When iOS 16 rolls out, users will be able to report spam messages to carriers with a new “Report Junk” that will appear inside the Messages app under the Unknown Senders category. In its release notes for iOS 16 beta 2, Apple said that the feature will only be available with select carriers, but there’s no information on which carriers it might be at this time.
Also, if you are using your iPhone in dual SIM mode, you will also be able to Filter messages by their SIM,
For years, on Android, apps like Microsoft SMS Organizer Has made life easier for users by offering to filter SMS-based messages into different categories. While Apple introduced filtering with iOS 14, this new subcategory division brings the Messages app in line with its Android counterparts.