The instructions in query are worthwhile on the accessibility entrance, with the visually impaired or legally blind – or certainly different Apple system house owners – are ready to use them to carry on high of their voicemail as talked about, or to instruct Siri to ship an e-mail, test current calls, or name historical past.MacRumors highlighted the performance which went lacking again in September, simply after iOS 15 was launched, and the positioning reminds us that these features haven’t been restored to Siri, regardless of rising complaints round this.
An inaccessible Siri for some
One reader advised MacRumors: “For many fully blind people (like my blind mom) this makes their phone almost unusable, because they can’t ask Siri who has called, and they can’t ask Siri if they have voicemail. (Their official ‘workaround’ for voicemail, in fact, is calling the old-school carrier voicemail number, to check your voicemail over the phone.)”
Another message on Apple’s assist discussion board reads: “My cousin who is legally blind is also experiencing this issue. He uses the read missed call and open voicemail when doctors call and leave messages. It allows him the opportunity to hear who called and he can call back. It has been a wonderful feature for him and I’m hoping that a fix will happen so that he can be able to use the feature again.”
There are additionally complaints on Reddit like this: “My dad is blind and uses Siri to operate a lot of his iPhone. This week we’ve noticed when he asks Siri to play voicemail or missed calls she says she can’t help with that.”
We’ve reached out to Apple for remark and can replace this story as soon as we hear again.
Analysis: Reasons why are unclear – however maintain the suggestions flowing on this
It’s unclear whether or not Apple deliberately eliminated the assist for these features with iOS 15 – and if that’s the case, why that was completed – or if it’s wrapped up in some bug – and if it’s the latter, whether or not a repair is coming quickly. But regardless of the case, this represents a worrying step backwards by way of accessibility for iOS units, to say the least.
While Apple itself hasn’t commented straight, as MacRumors notes – we’ve additionally reached out to the corporate to attempt to confirm what’s happening right here, and can replace this story if we hear again – one message on the Apple assist discussion board claims to have had a reply from the Accessibility Support workforce. They have been suggested to once more contact Accessibility Support and “have your Apple ID added to the official engineering issue as an ‘affected user’ so that you receive the mass emails about the status of this fix”.
Further recommendation was to submit suggestions on the lacking features, because the more of that suggestions which is gathered “does affect engineering’s prioritization of this issue”.
There could also be hope yet, then, for some sort of return of those capabilities to Siri within the close to future. Fingers crossed.