iOS 15 Siri Missing Call, Email, and Voicemail Features for Low Vision, Blind Users
As spotted by MacRumors, a number of Siri commands no longer appear to be working in iOS 15, particularly those used to make calls and send emails or voicemails by low vision and blind iPhone users.
Some of the Siri features that have been removed in iOS 15 and have also been highlighted on the AppleVis forums for blind and low vision users of Apple products include the following:
- Do I have any voicemails?
- Play my voicemail messages
- Check my call history
- Check my recent calls
- Who called me?
- Send an email
- Send an email to [person]
When you ask Siri to provide details on recent phone calls or voicemails in iOS 15, you get the following response: “I can’t help with that, but you can ask me to open the Phone app.” Asking about email also gets a similar response.
It’s worth noting that it’s still possible to ask Siri to play the most recent voicemail message that’s available, or a voicemail from a specific person, but Siri will not read out a list of all the available voicemails. The Siri commands seem to have disappeared when iOS 15 was released, but iOS 14 users are also not able to use them anymore so it’s not an issue tied to iOS 15.
According to Apple Support, the company is aware of the issue and the functionality will most likely be re-added to Siri in a future iOS update.