iOS 15.4 fixes bug that collects Siri recordings even after users opt out

iOS 15.4 fixes bug that collects Siri recordings even after users opt out


Siri may be in for new voice lessons soon.
Apple says it will delete all inadvertent recordings.
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Apple on Tuesday confirmed that its second iOS 15.4 beta fixes a bug that caused some Siri interactions to be recorded even after a user opted out.

Only a “small portion” of iPhone units were affected by the bug, which was first introduced in iOS 15, Cupertino said. After installing iOS 15.4, users will again be asked whether they want to help improve Siri by having their interactions saved.

iPhone saves Siri recordings for some users

iPhone and iPad typically ask this question after every software update. But it turns out that with iOS 15, even if you opted out, the feature was still enabled for some iPhone owners. Apple has since been taking steps to fix the problem.

After Apple discovered the bug, it disabled the feature for “many” Siri users when it rolled out iOS 15.2, it told ZDNet. With iOS 15.4, eliminates the bug for good — and again asks users for their permission to review Siri interactions.

Apple also said in a statement that, “since identifying the bug, we stopped reviewing and are deleting audio received from all affected devices.”

iOS 15.4 beta 2 in testing

iOS 15.4 also brings the ability to use Face ID with a mask for the first time, and lays the groundwork for the upcoming Tap to Pay feature, which will allow merchants and business owners to accept payments with iPhone.

The update also adds a bunch of brand-new emoji, fixes another issue that prevented third-party apps from using ProMotion on iPhone 13 Pro, and paves the way for mobile web apps to send push notifications.

Apple rolled out its second iOS 15.4 beta to registered developers on Tuesday, but the official release isn’t likely to arrive until next month.