Apple Event: Apple announced that iOS 10 will be available from September 13, and it will bring along many new features like new notifications, a revamped Control Center, and an improved Photos app. The new software is also bringing sweet goodies for software engineers with the opening up of Siri and iMessages, giving rise to hoards of opportunities for developers. There is also another lesser-known but very important addition called the CallKit Extension. This extension is being opened to third-party developers to give their apps more access to its call management system, and Apple has introduced this in a bid to fight spam calling. And as expected, caller ID firm Truecaller has jumped in on this extra access to introduce features that have been missing on its iOS app so far.
Truecaller has announced that the iPhone app will now automatically detect spam calls more efficiently. Because of iOS restrictions earlier, Truecaller was limited to provide only few features to its iPhone app users – the biggest missing feature was live caller ID and real-time spam protection. However, with CallKit, Truecaller can now give iPhone users both features, helping them deal with less unsolicited calls.
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“Working closely with Apple over the past few months, we’re proud to bring a call solution to your iPhone to provide safe and authentic communication. In our early testing, we’ve seen spam detection rates on iPhone increase by more than 50 percent in some markets, reaching upwards of 90 percent of all spam calls made to our users. We fully expect these rates to continue improving for the benefit of our users,” Tom Hsieh, VP of partnerships and growth at Truecaller, said in a statement.