The industry’s magic bullet for robocalls is currently useless on an iPhone
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Robocalls are a scourge, but cellular networks have finally started fighting them with a pair of technologies called STIR and SHAKEN, which work to verify that a call is coming from a real phone number and not a spoofed robocall or spammer.
Apple finally added support for STIR/SHAKEN with iOS 13, which should be great news in theory, adding millions of new devices that will now get this verification technology. But there’s just one problem: Apple’s implementation of the feature is essentially useless for actually identifying incoming robocalls, rendering the whole thing moot.
On Android devices, when you get a call from an unknown number and both you and the caller are on a network that supports STIR/SHAKEN call authentication (which…