Multiple reports indicate that some Siri requests no longer appear to be supported by Apple in iOS 15.
As noted by MacRumors, Siri no longer seems to support a series of commands pertaining to checking and playing voicemails, call history, or sending an email. Specifically:
- 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]
It is not clear at this stage whether Apple has removed these features intentionally, or whether they’ve disappeared because of a bug and might return at a later date.
Siri commands can be used by anyone to make using their iPhone a more hands-free and intuitive experience. However, their absence is having a more profound impact on visually impaired users, as noted in the AppleVis forum, an online space for blind and low vision users of Apple products. One user stated:
One of the people whom I support told me that she could no longer use Siri to send email from her iPhone 8 with iOS 14. I tried on my iPhone SE with iOS 15.0 and the response from Siri was “sorry, I can’t help with that’. Subsequently, I’ve had the same response on a phone running iOS 12. If this is a deliberate feature removal, it’s certainly a loss to some users with sight loss who find it a convenient way to send a brief email.
With iOS 15, Apple brought Siri support to third-party HomeKit accessories and now processes audio of Siri requests on-device by default, making it faster and more private.