iOS 16 Preview – Reminders and Sending Email Later in Mail

While there are several new features coming to iOS 16 and iPadOS 16, there are an even greater number of enhancements to existing apps. One of those is Mail, the default app used to send Email from your iPhone or iPad. Let’s be honest: The Mail app isn’t the best one out there (check out Edison Mail or even Microsoft Outlook for a more robust experience) but the changes coming in iOS 16 will certainly close the gap to other Email apps that are available for your devices.

Specifically, the Mail app in iOS 16 will gain two important features. First, you can now set reminders to tend to email later in the day. The use case is simple: You are in a meeting and you get an email but don’t have the time to tend to it at the moment. Instead of risking forgetting about it later, you can right-swipe the email to get to the Later feature.

Later Reminders in Mail
Later Reminders in Mail

Once you have the Later feature showing, tap-and-hold on it to bring up the Remind Me timer. This can be set for 1 hour, later in the day (tonight), Tomorrow, or you can set a custom date and time with the Remind Me Later… menu.

Later Reminders Times in Mail
Later Reminders Times in Mail

The second big chance coming to Mail in iOS 16 is the ability to delay the sending of an email. It works, in principle, like the Later feature to set a reminder. When you compose an email in the improved Mail app, you have the same Send arrow button in the right corner by the Subject line of your email. In iOS 16, you can now tap-and-hold that to get a menu of send options. These include sending the email now, sending it in a few hours, sending it in the evening or setting a custom time.

Send An Email Later in iOS 16
Send An Email Later in iOS 16

Both of these new features in Mail in iOS 16 are welcome additions and will bring it up to par with other apps that are available.

iOS 16 will be available later this year, perhaps as early as September, from Apple. It will for any iPhone 8 or newer.

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