Along with a number of other updates coming in iOS 16, including a revamped lock screen, Apple is rolling out a series of updates to its built-in Mail app. Most notably, it will now allow users to schedule emails to be sent in advance, and users will have a moment to undeliver an email before it reaches the recipient in case where they would notice that a last minute change is required or they realize that they forgot the attachment.
These and other features rolling out with iOS 16’s Mail app will help make Apple’s native Mail app more competitive against rivals like Gmail, which have offered these key features for some time.
Additionally, Apple will allow users to set reminders and follow-ups for their inbox messages. Instead of just starring messages to create an email list of to-do items, Mail app users will be able to use a feature called “Remind Later” to resurface messages at a later time. of their choice. Another feature, Follow Up, will automatically remind users to follow up on emails they haven’t received a response to. Both of these features are also similar to those offered by a number of other messaging apps.
Under the hood, Apple says Mail’s search has received a major overhaul that will allow it to provide more relevant, accurate and comprehensive results. Users will also be able to see recent emails, contacts, documents, and links when they start typing in the search field. Here, they’ll see recent searches and other relevant information in a more visual format with colorful links to previews, document thumbnails and more. The feature is reminiscent of Siri-powered Spotlight search features elsewhere on iOS devices.
The Mail update was one of many improvements in iOS 16, along with updates to other first-party apps like Messages, Health, Camera, Photos, Wallet, Maps, and more.