Siri, Apple’s virtual personal assistant is about to get a longer job description.
It has been rumored that in 2016, perhaps with the launch of iOS 10, Siri will have much to do with voicemail. To the joy of many, Apple is testing Siri as a voicemail service assistant as well. In this capacity, Siri would not only receive the calls and voicemails, but also transcribe any messages into text.
As mentioned before, to the joy of many, particularly among the Millennials who aren’t the biggest fans of voicemails, rather preferring text. It seems it’s easier to relay a voicemail, although it is easier to capture the essence of a message while skimming through text.
Taking this into consideration, Apple plans to make the best of both worlds. Voicemail is not obsolete. As such, allowing Siri to transcribe voicemail to text should be a successful strategy that pleases both sides of the barricade, while bridging a generational gap.
Siri is tested for iCloud Voicemail. When an iCloud Voicemail user receives a call, Siri steps up and records the message instead of the usual digital audio recorder. If the user so chooses, it can set iCloud Voicemail to offer information as to the reason why the call can’t be answered momentarily.
For everything else, there’s Siri. The personal assistant records the voicemail and sends it to Apple servers, where it is transcribed into text. From here, the text messages is then resent to the user’s iPhone.
Siri is taking a central role as a personal assistant on Apple’s operating system. It will already be upgraded with the upcoming iOS 9, when it is speculated that Siri’s super-powers will enable it to search through applications without the need for users to flip through screens, and even to predict the user’s actions.
According to Business Insider, Siri should be released as soon as 2016, possible at the same time with iOS 10.
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