Apple is reportedly testing a voicemail service that uses Siri to answer calls and transcribe messages.
According to Business Insider, the “incredibly simple and incredibly clever” system eliminates the need to actually listen to voicemails. Dubbed “iCloud Voicemail,” the program is reportedly being tested by Cupertino employees and could arrive next year with iOS 10.
Users can rely on Siri to answer a call; she’ll even tell certain people where you are and why you can’t come to the phone. Then, when you return to six voicemails from your mother-in-law, skip the headache and just read Siri’s transcribed messages.
Voicemail is fading fast as a reliable form of communication; most people avoid listening to an answering machine at all costs, turning instead to email, text messaging, social media, and video chat.
iPhone users have long had the perk of visual voicemail, which lists message and caller infoa feature Google is rumored to be adding to Android M. But you still have to press play and listen.
Siri is already getting an update with iOS 9, which is coming this fall. In the last year, Siri has seen a 40 percent reduction in word error rate to 5 percent. As Cupertino boasted during its June reveal, the intelligent digital assistant can now respond to more natural-language queries.
Apple did not immediately respond to PCMag’s request for comment.