Apple’s Siri May Soon Be Able to Reply to Calls You Can’t Answer

By Nitish Singh / May 25, 2018

A new patent filed by Apple suggests that voice Assistant Siri will be able to create custom responses and reply to missed phone calls. Based on the patent filing information Siri will be able to analyze the location data, Do Not Disturb status, caller id to generate custom images that reply to the caller if a user is unable to take the call. The custom messages will be available to choose from when users hit the ‘Reject’ button on their Apple devices.

Apple iPhones come with a list of responses to choose from when you reject a phone call. With the addition of the AI-generated smart responses, sending contextual replies can be a reality without requiring users to spend too much time texting during important meetings or while traveling.


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Siri can make use of Apple Maps to let callers know where you are and in how much time you will reach your destination. The voice assistant can also make use of AI learning to identify location-based responses for user home or work locations. CarPlay sync is also a feature that has been mentioned in the patent which can be a convenient solution for Apple iPhone users with cars that support CarPlay.

The patent is being filed as “Intelligent Digital Assistant for Declining An Incoming Call” by Apple and was first spotted in 2016. The feature has not made it into iOS yet. With WWDC just around the corner, we may finally get an announcement for it. With Google revealing Google Duplex and Microsoft introducing its own advanced voice-assistant features for China, it is likely Apple will come up with someone of their own for Siri. WWDC is likely to introduce a host of new features for iOS, including the reveal for the next iteration of iOS.

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