Reports suggest that Apple is working on a big update to Siri, which could give the virtual assistant a skill thatís truly fit for its title: taking phone calls for you. If you arenít around, or even if just donít want to talk, this feature would allow Siri to not just answer the call, but also utilize its smarts in speech recognition to transcribe the voicemail left by the caller into plain text. In order to process the speech, the voicemail data will be routed through Appleís servers, just as every other thing you bark to Siri does.
Itís rumored that this new service through which your voicemails are transcribed and delivered will be called iCloud Voicemail. But transcription wonít be the only new trick coming to iCloud. If you let Siri pick up your call, it will be able to provide relevant contextual information as to why you werenít able to pick up the phone, such as where youíre located and what youíre up to, if you choose to share that info.
This feature, if it ever surfaces, will be a big deal for iPhone owners. But Appleís go at voicemail transcription isnít the first. The Google Voice service has been providing its users with transcribed voicemails for some time. Despite not being the pioneer, Apple has an opportunity one-up Googleís efforts by baking its iCloud Voicemail transcription service into iOS.
Apple employees have only just begun to use the service internally, according to Business Insider. Considering that iOS 9 is set to launch at next monthís Apple event, itís more realistic that weíll see iCloud Voicemail and an even smarter Siri in iOS 10.