Apple is bringing back the iconic away message in iMessage with iOS 15


The 1990s are back, as iMessage is about to get the ability. To show that you’re away from your device when you turn on Do Not Disturb mode.

It’ll be coming when iOS 15 is released, along with a whole bunch of quality of life improvements. To messaging and notifications across the system. When Do Not Disturb or Focus mode are activated, notifications will be turned off across iOS. With on-device intelligence about your past activity to suggest apps and people allow notifications from.

Focus mode will also have the ability to set multiple profiles, for Work, Sleep, and personal. So you can tweak your iMessage notification preferences for whatever activity you’re doing.

Do Not Disturb mode will also show your status as away when someone does message you. The ability to set these new modes will be on every Apple device, from the Apple Watch to the iPhone, iPad, iMac, and MacBooks.