iOS 6 Brings ‘Do Not Disturb’, ‘Reply With Message’, ‘Remind Me Later’ Features To Phone App

While Apple has added several hundred features with each iOS release since the launch of the iPhone, it has hardly made any improvements to the Phone app.

Apple has finally added some cool call management features to the Phone app in iOS 6, which was released yesterday. It was one of the major features showcased at the event.

Here are some of the features and improvements coming to the Phone app in iOS 6:

Reply and Remind Options:

  • Currently when you get a call, you can either answer the call or decline it (or ignore it). In iOS 6, you get two new options. You can now swipe up on the Phone shortcut  (similar to the Camera shortcut) when you get an incoming call,  that allows you to either “Reply with Message” or “Remind me Later”.
  • If you select “Reply with Message”, you can use one of the preset messages such as “I’ll call you later.”, “I’m on my way.”, “What’s up?” or respond with a custom message to inform the caller than you can’t talk right now.
  • If you select “Remind me Later”, you can be reminded in an hour, when you get home, when you get to work or when you leave (which sets a geofence around your current locations so that when you leave the meeting or building, you will be reminded to call the person).

Do not Disturb:

  • This is a new settings toggle in the Settings app (just above Notifications). This feature allows you to suppress all incoming calls (diverted to voicemail) and notifications.
  • You can also customize how the “Do not Disturb” feature works via the Settings app (Settings -> Notifications -> Do Not Disturb)
  • You can override the “Do Not Disturb” feature using the “Allow Calls From” option to receive calls from people in your Favorites or from people in a group that you’ve  created in your Contact list.
  • You can also enable “Repeated Calls”, which ensures that a second call from the same person within three minutes will not be silenced. This can be useful if someone is trying to desperately reach you in case of an emergency.
  • You can also schedule the time when you do not want to be disturbed.

FaceTime Data Usage:

As you’ve probably heard by now, iOS 6 finally allows users to make FaceTime Calls over cellular network. So if you’re worried about data usage while making FaceTime video calls, there is a way to find out data usage for a FaceTime call in iOS 6. When you tap on the blue arrow next to the Contact name in Recent Calls tab for more info, you can check the data usage for a FaceTime video call along with the time of the call and call duration (as you can see in the screenshot below). It should be useful to some extent in keeping tabs on the FaceTime data usage.

Though we would have also liked the ability to blacklist numbers, we really like these new enhancements to the Phone app. We’re quite sure many users are going to use these features.

What do you think?