The arrival of iOS 13 brings a great feature to the experience, an automatic spam and unknown number blocker, cutting down on the annoyance…
Apple just introduced a number of privacy improvements at WWDC earlier this week. Two examples include a “Sign In with Apple,” option and limited location tracking. With them come a new call filter.
iOS 13 Automatic Spam and Unknown Number Call Block Debuts
The new iOS 13 automatic spam call blocker will redirect calls right to voicemail, if not part of users’ contacts. Here’s what Apple wrote about it:
“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.”
This comes after Apple released a spam call reporting tool, which worked through a third-party extension on iOS 12.
It’s another tool in the arsenal of consumers fed up with nuisance calls from scammers, spammers, and solicitors. Americans received as many as 48 million robocalls last year, according to YouMail. Meanwhile, the FCC continues to push for more consumer-friendly laws.