Apple iOS 16 set to rollout new handy Messages app update to make your life easier

Perfect for those that use a dual-SIM iPhone

Apple iPhone Messages App
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Apple is set to introduce a handy new feature as part of iOS 16 that is designed to make life easier for those with dual SIM iPhones.

As first spotted by MacRumors, the new update will apply directly to the Messages app, allowing users to sort messages per each individual SIM card. It will especially be convenient for anyone that uses their mobile for both business and personal purposes. 

Once enabled, both iMessages and SMS/MMS messages can be filtered to your liking. This can be done in the Settings app for Messages and Filter Unknown Senders. By then touching the three dots on the icon, a new menu with options to arrange messages will appear, which can then be sorted by "All Lines" or per SIM card. 

iPhone models that support dual-SIM include the full models for iPhone 13, iPhone 12, iPhone 11, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR. 

"Messages now supports the ability for customers with a dual SIM iPhone to filter their messages based on their SIMs," reads Apple's developer notes for the latest iOS 16 beta. 

The feature will be rolled out to all iPhone users sometime in September, once iOS 16 becomes available to everyone. The first public beta was released on June 6th with the second arriving on June 22nd, 2022. 

Last month, Apple unveiled a host of new features that will be coming to iPhone devices as part of iOS 16 with the majority of them focusing on personalisation. One unexpected update was that Apple iOS 16 now supports Nintendo Switch controllers on iPhone and iPad devices 

Matt Poskitt
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