Hate checking your voicemail? You’re not alone. In this age where the text message reigns supreme as the preferred method of communication, managing voice messages has become a huge hassle. While leaving a voicemail may be convenient, it may go unheard for days or even weeks as opposed to a text message that’s often read immediately.
Wouldn’t it be nice if Siri could just answer the phone for you when you’re not available? That’s the vision Apple has in store for the future.
Apple is currently testing a service that would allow Siri to answer the phone for you and take a message. From there, Siri would transcribe the voicemail to text, where users would be able to read it quickly and easily, just like a text message. Given permission, Siri can even explain where you are and why you are unable to take calls. The service, reportedly called iCloud Voicemail, could give you the option of never having to sit through another voice message again.
Siri is already looking at a major upgrade in Apple’s next mobile operating system, iOS 9. According to Apple, iOS 9 will allow Siri to “search a wider range of topics for a wider range of answers” – even within apps. Asking Siri to show you photos from your trip to Thailand will do just that, or you can tell Siri to remind you about the article you’re reading, and you’ll receive one later. In the new operating system, Siri also “understands what you say more accurately and delivers your results faster.”
In addition to deeper searches and more efficient performance, Siri also has a range of “proactive” suggestions “based on the apps you commonly use and the time of day you use them”. It certainly appears as if Apple has developed a renewed interest in making Siri more relevant for their users.
Apple employees are reportedly testing the new voicemail service, and are looking at a possible 2016 launch. According to Business Insider, the service is scheduled to be released with the iOS 10 operation system, assuming it works reliably. Until then, you’re stuck listening to all those voicemails you’ve let pile up.