HARDWARE SELLER Apple is reportedly readying a new kind of voicemail that pulls friendly virtual assistant Siri into the mix.
Rumours, which have rather caught on, have the firm taking Siri, voicemail, text-to-speech and the iCloud, mixing them together and coming up with a new feature for the iPhone.
Siri, which is the voice assistant that comes on the iPhone, will read messages to the user meaning that actually we might never have to hear other people speaking.
Of course, we have asked Apple if it would like to comment on the rumours, and are waiting for it to respond. It is perhaps very unlikely that the firm will comment on rumours.
It is Business Insider that has the sources with the information and there we read that Apple's own insiders, its staffers, are the human guinea pigs for the service.
Apple, unlike other firms, tends not to publicly trial its hardware or software in an open beta environment.
The service is called iCloud Voicemail, apparently, and takes its name from the fact that it uses one of those things and does the other.
Business Insider said that users will be able to select the applicable version for dealing with phone calls, and just sit back and screen away.
Whatever messages are left can be relayed to the user by Siri, meaning that if you were expecting an earful from someone, at least it won't come with the full force that was intended.
There are text-to-speech voice mail options already, BT had one on its fixed line services some years ago, but Apple's will have the distinction of being an Apple thing. This is likely to ensure success - if, that is, the reports and the sources are correct.
Business Insider reckons on a release next year, probably along with iOS 10. µ
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