The best iOS 13 feature? It filters out spam calls!

The best iOS 13 feature? It filters out spam calls!
If you live in the United States where robocalls are so common, you probably feel very emotional about those endless spam calls that you keep on getting. And if you feel this way, there is one new feature in iOS 13 that you will absolutely love: spam call filtering!


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.

FEATURED VIDEO

17 Comments

1. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1114; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

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.

4. Saioofi

Posts: 342; Member since: May 23, 2014

What’s funny is that no one bats an eye when android copies features from iOS

6. pimpin83z

Posts: 541; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

What features?

8. Saioofi

Posts: 342; Member since: May 23, 2014

You must be sleeping under a rock

14. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Then answer his question

9. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Do you realize that most of what you think android did first was already available in a 3rd party app on iOS?

10. superguy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

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?

16. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

My point is why would one care if a function is offered by the OEM or a 3rd party as long as it is on the platform?

11. Vokilam

Posts: 1201; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

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.

2. ahmadkun

Posts: 586; Member since: May 02, 2016

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.

3. Valdomero

Posts: 677; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

I love how the article is talking about spam calls, and the ads in the website throw at me some Spam cans of 2.5 ounce pouch (pack of 24)!. Too bad I don't like Spam (pun intended)

5. Cat97

Posts: 1892; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Great feature. I get a spam call every 2 years or so.

12. Vokilam

Posts: 1201; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

When you run a business - you get spam calls 2-5 times a day.

17. luke22

Posts: 31; Member since: Mar 07, 2019

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.

7. pimpin83z

Posts: 541; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

Ahhhhh yes, flood the forum with iOS 13 day.

13. gdawilson

Posts: 299; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

Google's Phone app blocks known spam callers. I've not tried their Screen Call feature yet

15. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Android phone loves spam calls. That’s what cheap unsecured OS gets.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.