In iOS 15, Apple’s Siri gets even less functional

In iOS 15, Apple appears — perhaps unintentionally (it may be a bug) — to have removed some useful Siri functionality that were relied on by many users, including low vision and blind iPhone users.

Juli Clover for MacRumors:

Siri iconSeveral ‌Siri‌ commands that provide details on phone calls, voicemails, and sending emails no longer appear to be working. The following commands used to be functional, but have recently been removed.

• 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]

Asking ‌Siri‌ to provide details on recent phone calls or voicemails results in the following response: “I can’t help with that, but you can ask me to open the Phone app.” Asking about email garners a similar response about ‌Siri‌ being unable to help.

MacDailyNews Take: It has to be (yet another) iOS 15 bug as those are all common, very useful Siri commands that worked well previously.

12 Comments

    1. So often–of the digi-aids–I assume they’re needed, only to conclude later, they added more complication and “prevented” me from completing the action myself…actually moving.

      Siri taught this well, but there are others “aids” that are more like dumb waiters.

  1. I don’t think Siri adds much value. Until it works more reliably it’s just not worth the hassle. I don’t know if Siri hasn’t been trained with Australian English, but it just doesn’t live up to the old Apple “it just works” philosophy.

  2. Siri only saves time when you want her to complete an action that requires three steps or more.
    Such as turning off three lights in a room. The only other benefit is when my hands are occupied with another function, or I can only imagine not having the use of your hands.

  3. I use SIRI at least a dozen times per day. For most requests, I find that SIRI works quite well. With iOS 15, all speech recognition is performed on device with my iPhone 12. This has significantly increased the speed and accuracy of SIRI requests, especially for those commands that can be completed totally on device without requiring a network connection.

    I’m confused as to why so many people bag on SIRI. I think it works great.

  4. Good! voice assistants are useless, 9/10 times it’s easier to do something another way, they have pretty much only been of use to the Valley’s eavesdropping. I wouldn’t be surprised if they fade into the background altogether eventually, like a fad. They are the equivalent if personal robots in the 80s. Incidentally, so are AI, autonomous cars, and modern personal robots.

  5. Siri was voiced by AC, who sadly has now emerged into a post-COVID reality.

    Now he’s gone, I miss his endless negativity, but when you’re so whack you don’t believe in vaccines, or Apple, well, you deserve all you get.

  6. Siri has been dumbed down from stupid to comatose, these aren’t bugs. Outside of very specific requests, pronounced with abundant care (a 90% success rate at best), the default over the past few years is to send search results to your iphone. Forget about stringing two or more questions/commands together. As I’ve said before, if I had never used Siri once in my life I would have saved much time and frustration.

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