In a move that will be a relief to many blind and low-vision iPhone users, Apple appears to have reversed a controversial change it made to Siri’s functionality.
With the launch of
iOS 15 earlier this year, Apple took the opportunity to make a number of changes to its Siri voice assistant. Unfortunately, these changes made life difficult for visually impaired users. For example, it became much more difficult to use Siri to get detailed information about phone calls or emails.
The Apple news site
MacRumors compiled an extensive account of the complaints from various forums.
“For many fully blind people (like my blind mom) this makes their phone almost unusable, because they can’t ask Siri who has called, and they can’t ask Siri if they have voicemail,” said one reader of the site.
Apple has not commented on the situation at time of writing, which initially meant we didn’t know whether the company was taking the criticism on board.
But the news now appears to be good: in the
iOS 15.2 update, which is currently in beta and will soon launch to the public, the deactivated features are restored. There are sometimes differences between the features available in a beta and in the subsequent public launch, but at this late stage in development significant changes are unlikely.
This article originally appeared on
Macworld Sweden. Translation (using
DeepL) and additional reporting by David Price.