The best iOS 13 feature? It filters out spam calls!
by Victor Hristov / Jun 05, 2019, 9:46 AM
Yes, iOS 13 will be able to automatically silence calls from unknown numbers and also automatically send them to voicemail.
Here is what Apple writes about the new "Silence unknown callers" feature on its detailed list of new iOS 13 functionalities:
You will be able to choose whether you want to use this feature or not, and this might not be a great fit for people getting a lot of real calls from unknown numbers, but it sounds like something quite useful for a big majority of the population. Currently, there are a few third-party alternatives, but this one will gather information these three sources within your phone and should be able to get a pretty good grasp of your contacts. Of course, important calls from an unknown number will still be accessible in the voice mail.
This is not quite as advanced as what Google offers with its Screen Call feature that will do a live transcription of an incoming call, so you get an even better idea of the intents of the caller, but it is still an important step that will protect your from those pesky spammers.
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Google does it a lot better with live transcription. On my OnePlus 6, not only spam calls get filtered but most of the times I can also see the name of the spammer (Business). Android is so far ahead right now that it's not even funny. I'm not trying to hate on Apple but it's a mystery to me why they're playing catch up each year. iPhone used to be the gold standard of everything mobile. They have the resources and money to do it again but what they don't have is the vision of Steve Jobs.
posted on Jun 05, 2019, 10:42 AM 11
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What’s funny is that no one bats an eye when android copies features from iOS
posted on Jun 05, 2019, 10:57 AM 1
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Do you realize that most of what you think android did first was already available in a 3rd party app on iOS?
posted on Jun 05, 2019, 11:41 AM 1
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And stuff like that was available as 3rd party apps on Android too. What's your point? Bottom line is Apple didn't have the functionality built in. If it's not a big deal (sounds like it is by the author's reactions), then why is Apple just adding it now to much fanfare?
posted on Jun 05, 2019, 11:50 AM 3
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OMG. It took years for android to have visual voicemail. I remember I had to PAY Verizon to have visual voicemail - not on the iPhone - that was built in from day one! Furthermore, all voicemail is transcribed so you can read it instead of listening to it. Furthermore - when people call from unidentified number iOS scans emails, texts, notes, to see if there is a name associated with that number - and it shows that when you receive a call “maybe Bob”. All that has been on iOS for years.
posted on Jun 05, 2019, 1:09 PM 1
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I don’t know if apple fixed this full screen in coming calls which makes me stop what ever I’m doing and if I don’t want to answer I have to wait till the call ends, you don’t know how annoying is this, on my Android phone it’s like a pop up notifications on the top .. that I can swipe to ignore the call and continue what I’m doing.
posted on Jun 05, 2019, 10:52 AM 1
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Great feature. I get a spam call every 2 years or so.
posted on Jun 05, 2019, 11:07 AM 0
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When you run a business - you get spam calls 2-5 times a day.
posted on Jun 05, 2019, 1:11 PM 0
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Yup. That's right. I get 3-5 daily spam calls from hundreds different numbers. I need to pick up each of them if I don't use any caller ID apps. That's why I really need an app or websites likehttp://whycall.me just to check on any numbers before I pick up the phone. This activity takes a lot of efforts, that's why features like this will be very very helpful for people like me.
posted on Jun 09, 2019, 9:50 AM 0
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