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Apple iOS 15 update to silence late-night emails from the office

Telegraph 08 Jun 2021 06:16

Late-night emails from the boss could be easier to ignore after Apple announced an iPhone update that silences messages from the office at the end of the working day.

A software update in the coming months will introduce a “Focus mode” that stops devices from sending notifications from certain contacts or apps in an attempt to battle employee burnout. 

Users can activate different modes, such as one for work and one for home, that will limit alerts depending on the time of day or location.

The feature is designed as an antidote to the always-on culture that modern smartphones and apps have been accused of fostering by allowing managers to contact their staff at any time.

White collar employees working from home have complained of longer working hours and finding it more difficult to switch off while being perceived as always available. Some countries are introducing “right to disconnect” practices that aim to ensure a work life balance by limiting how employees have to perform work outside of their normal hours.

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