Apple is testing a new service which could bring an end to calling outdated voicemail services in order to access messages.
iCloud Voicemail will work with Siri in order to take calls when you can’t, rather than letting the phone ring out to your network’s own recorded message.
Siri will then be able to tell a caller why you’re unavailable and take a message. This message will then be transcribed and sent to you as an iMessage or SMS.
It could mean never having to go through multiple press button options in order to hear messages that are either unimportant or so sold that they no longer require action.
According to Business Insider, ‘multiple Apple employees’ are using the service already, with plans to launch in 2016. With Siri already getting a major upgrade as part of iOS 9, it seems this could form a key part of next year’s iOS upgrade.
As stories emerge about plans for an Apple MVNO, iCloud Voicemail makes a lot of sense. If Apple is able to completely control voice messages, there will be no need for users to interact with their network, allowing it to launch its own service that can piggyback off multiple carriers.
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