Apple has announced its newest mobile operating system update, the iOS 13, earlier this week at the WWDC19. The update introduces lots of new features and optimizations, including the Dark Mode widely requested by Apple users and now in the trend. The upcoming iOS 13 also comes with various features focused on privacy, such as ‘Sign in with Apple,’ and limited location tracking.
iOS 13 comes with a new feature to block spam calls
Another feature that excited Apple fans and users is the feature that has the capacity to filter out spam calls from numbers that users don’t recognize. This particular option didn’t get much mentioned at Apple’s WWDC19, during the company’s keynote, although it is an impressive optimization. Apple has posted a statement on the official website of its newest operating system regarding the feature mentioned above.
Apple said, concerning the feature, that “a new setting protects users from unknown and spam callers. When the setting is turned on, iOS uses Siri intelligence to allow calls to ring your phone from numbers in Contacts, Mail, and Messages. All other calls are automatically sent to voicemail.”
Spam calls represent a real problem in the US, for example
Just last year, Apple has incorporated in its devices the capability to report spam messages and calls via a third-party extension with iOS 12.
Before the introduction of this setting, widely used apps such as Truecaller helped iOS users on the issue of identifying spam calls. However, the app didn’t offer automatic silencing of unknown incoming calls.
As said by YouMail, a robocall blocking service, people in the United States received an astounding 4.9 billion robocalls just last month. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) suggested back in May to block out robocalls by default. Even though the mentioned implementation may take some time to roll out, the new iOS 13 comes with this brand new feature that can help its users avoid these annoying calls.
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