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Apple will soon automatically transcribe your iPhone voicemails

James Titcomb

Published 14/06/2016 | 07:51

Having to listen to a rambling caller’s answer phone message could become a thing of the past after Apple unveiled technology that automatically converts voicemails into text.

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The service would use the iPhone’s voice-recognition technology to listen to a message, and transcribe it within the Phone app.

Due to be released with iOS 10 later this year, Apple's new feature could put an end to having to hastily write down important information in a voicemail.

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The feature would represent a big upgrade on the iPhone’s current “visual voicemail”, which allows users to activate answer phone messages without calling the dedicated number.

While text messages and emails have already replaced voicemails for many, the less technologically-minded are still liable to leaving voice messages.

When selecting a voicemail in the Phone app, a text representation of the message will appear. Users will then be able to delete the message or return the call.

iOS 10, which is set to be released in the autumn, will feature a number of improvements to phone calls. It will also integrate third-party internet calls into the Phone app and include a feature to identify spam callers.

Other new features will include a vastly-improved version of Siri and an updated Apple Music. 

Apple unveiled the changes to iOS at its annual Worldwide Developers' Conference in San Francisco, where it also unveiled changes to its Watch, Mac and Apple TV software.

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