Apple testing Siri powered “iCloud voicemail” service that transcribes messages

Apple is reportedly planning to launch a new Siri-based voicemail service to answer calls and transcribe the message. Apple is said to be conducting internal testing on this upcoming voice mail service that allows Siri to transcribe your voicemail message into text, allowing you to no longer listen to them, just like Google’s voicemail service.

via iMore

via iMore

When someone using iCloud Voicemail is unable to take a call, Siri will answer instead of letting the call go to a standard digital audio recorder.
iCloud Voicemail can relay information about where you are and why you can’t pick up the phone to certain people. But the coolest feature of the service is that Siri will transcribe any incoming voicemails, just like it does with anything else you say to it.

If everything goes as planned, the iCloud voicemail service will be launching next year, reports Business Insider. The report also says that a number of Apple employees are currently testing the reliability of this upcoming service from Apple.

iCloud voicemail service has the capability of telling the caller why you cannot answer the call and where are you – if you allow it to – and once Siri gets you message, it’ll then be sent to Apple’s servers, transcribed into text format, and delivered to you in a message.

The iCloud voicemail service is developed to address the problem of listening to voicemail messages. While it’s easier and quicker to leave a voicemail message, but not many people enjoy listening to them. Apple is planning to sidestep this problem with voice mail.

If the testing phase goes smoothly and the service passes out of it, Apple is believed to include it in iOS 10 next year. Siri has already seen numerous improvements and new features in iOS 9 including limited access to the third-party apps and switching to driving mode after detecting that you’re in your car. The Siri is also getting new commands to control HomeKit products through Apple TV.

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