Siri will transcribe your voicemails into text messages you still won't want to read
For those of you still using voicemail – the most annoying vestige of antiquated technology still present in smartphones – Apple is testing a service called iCloud Voicemail that uses Siri to transcribe spoken messages. The transcribed text is then sent via text message to iPhone users.
The service will also allow Siri to answer calls when you can't pick up and "relay information about where you are and why you can't pick up the phone to certain people." iCloud Voicemail is still being tested internally and hasn't become available to the public yet.
Facts about: Voicemail
The world's first answering machine was invented in 1935 by Willy Müller. The machine was three-feet-tall and most popular with Orthodox Jews who were forbidden to answer the phone on the Sabbath.
In 1971, the first commercially viable answering machine was produced, weighing ten pounds. The messages were recorded on a reel-to-reel tape.
A 2013 study found that only 33 percent of people listen to voicemail from business contacts. Only 18 percent listen to voicemails from numbers they don't know.
Another study found that 27 percent of people feel burdened by the prospect of listening to a voicemail. Twenty-three percent feel anxious when they receive one because they worry that something is wrong.