Mail in iOS 10: Under-the-radar changes make your inbox easier to manage | Macworld

apple didn’t lavish love on mail like it did with messages in ios 10, but it’s probably for the best. Can you imagine sending fireworks, stickers or full-screen handwritten doodles by email? no, thanks.

mail has received a few tweaks that make dealing with the most unwieldy inboxes easier than ever. I’ve been using the developer beta of ios 10 on a 12.9-inch ipad pro for the past two weeks, and the public beta since it was released. these are four of my favorite new mail features. If you have found any other changes to the mail app, please share them with us in the comments.


Like most humans with email addresses, I get a lot of spam, most of it from mailing lists where my address ended up without my knowledge or consent. Unsubscribing from those lists requires finding the unsubscribe link buried in a small font at the bottom of each spam email, then tapping a variety of options to confirm that you’re indeed 100 percent unsubscribed. no more. Mail in iOS 10 makes it easy to unsubscribe quickly with an “unsubscribe” link at the top of every message that the app recognizes as belonging to a mailing list.

ios 10 mail unsubscribe

iOS 10 puts a link to unsubscribe at the top of every message from a mailing list.

Tapping that link will prompt the email to send a message to the “unsubscribe” address on your account’s mailing list. that is all. what a relief right?

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one-touch filtering

apple has a problem hiding settings in menu layers. the same thing happened with filtering, which required you to choose an inbox instead of tapping “edit” to view unread messages or show emails with attachments. With iOS 10, Mail gets a new filter in the refresh bar at the bottom of the Mail screen. you might not know it by looking at it, because the three lines of the new icon don’t exactly scream, “tap me to filter!” but this new shortcut is a huge time saver.

ios 10 mail filter

The new filtering shortcut makes finding unread messages so much easier.

new vision of the great professional

there are not many ipad specific features in ios 10 which is really disappointing. But in the next-gen OS, Apple is finally taking advantage of the real estate of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro screen with a new three-pane view in Mail (as seen above). you can take a look at all your mailboxes and their respective folders in one pane, scroll through messages in the middle pane, and read email in the far right pane. Being productive at a pro is so much easier when you can see more information at a glance, which is exactly what the three-pane view offers. to switch between two panels and three, just tap on the new icon in the top left bar.

thread configuration

iOS 10 finally splits mail, calendar, and contacts into their respective settings tabs. This means you get more options for each, as well as ending the confusion of having three totally different apps in one tab.

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in configuration > mail, there are a couple of new thread configurations that will make organizing your inbox easier. before ios 10, you could organize by thread, and that’s still the same. but now, you can choose to see the most recent message in a thread at the top and see an entire thread in a thread view, regardless of whether you’ve moved some of the messages to different mailboxes.

ios 10 mail threading

Mail gets its own tab in Settings and a few new threading options.

None of these changes are radical, but for those of us who rely on the iOS Mail app to manage our inboxes, new organization options are always welcome.

what changes would you like to see in the mail app in ios 10? Personally, better Siri integration would help a lot. Now that Siri is getting more powerful (and coming to the Mac), it would be great if I could use my voice to search for emails about specific events or from certain contacts. at this time, siri still stumbles.

If you want to try iOS 10 for yourself, Apple opened the public beta program last week. here’s how to sign up and here are the features you should try first.

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