iOS 15.4 beta 2 re-enables “Improve Siri & Dictation” for all users

Apple recently seeded iOS 15.4 beta 2 to developers and beta users and upon completing the installation, the prompt appears that asks if users want to share their Siri recording with Apple or not. According to ZDNet, Apple disabled the feature after a bug was found in iOS 15 which sent Apple audio recordings of users’ interactions with Siri even when they had opted out. 

Apple Siri - iOS 15.4 beta 2

After fixing the Siri bug in iOS 15.2, Apple brings back Siri audio sharing with Apple in iOS 15.4 beta 2 

To improve Siri and Dictation, the company asks if users want to allow Apple to store and review audio of their Siri and Dictation interactions from their device. If users opt-in their audio recordings are sent to the company with the purpose to improve the reliability of the voice assistant.

In iOS 15, the company discovered that it had received Siri recordings of users who had opted out because a bug enabled the settings for some users. With iOS 15.2, the bug was fixed and disabled sharing. Now, the setting is available again for users to enable or disable sharing with Apple in iOS 15.4 (currently in beta). In a statement given to ZDNet, Apple said:  

“With iOS 15.2, we turned off the Improve Siri & Dictation setting for many Siri users while we fixed a bug introduced with iOS 15. This bug inadvertently enabled the setting for a small portion of devices. Since identifying the bug, we stopped reviewing and are deleting audio received from all affected devices.”

Apple - Siri sharing - iOS 15.4 beta 2

The publisher confirms that after installing the new iOS 15.4 beta 2 users are asked to opt-in or out of sharing audio recording upon the first startup.

I just finished updating my iPhone 13 Pro Max to the latest beta and can confirm I was asked if I want to share my audio recordings with Apple as soon as I unlocked my iPhone after the update finished. 

The latest beta update also includes the code of the new “Tap to Pay” feature that will turn iPhones into contactless payment terminals, fixes for Email address verification during the set of an iCloud+ Custom Email Domain on iOS, and a bug preventing users to add EU Digital COVID Certificates in the Wallet app.

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