Apple’s implementation of Visual Voicemail nearly ten years ago made it easier than ever to listen and manage messages received. With iOS 10, the feature has evolved to now include transcription for your messages.
Transcription Beta will require a Visual Voicemail add-on from your wireless carrier to work. There’s no need to turn on Transcription, it just shows up once you’ve updated to iOS 10.
When someone leaves you a voicemail, you will see the message is transcribing, and when finished, the full text appears, like below on the left:
The service, which Apple has labeled as “beta”, asks you to rate the transcription as “useful” or “not useful”, and then submit it to Apple to “improve transcription accuracy”.
We’re subscribed to Visual Voicemail as part of our plan with Fido (we’re on carrier update 25.1). So for those wondering, Transcription Beta works just fine over here, making voicemails just a little bit less painful.
Update: Transcription Beta does not support French.
How is Transcription Beta working out for you?