Apple could be working on a major revamp of Siri for next year’s iOS and macOS update.
One of the changes is the removal of the now-iconic Hey Siri command, with Apple expecting to drop the Hey part of the phrase, meaning you’d just need to say Siri to activate the smart assistant.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has reported that Apple is working to resolve a “technical challenge that requires a significant amount of AI training and underlying engineering work” to enable the ‘Siri’ command. The company has been working on the change for a number of years and wants to roll it out in the coming year, but it could be pushed back to 2024 depending on development and testing rates.
As well as the removal of the ‘Hey’ tag, Apple is working to integrate the voice assistant deeper into third-party apps and services. It also wants to improve Siri’s ability to understand users and take the correct course of action in an attempt to better compete with Google, Amazon, and Samsung.
In recent years, consumers and technology critics have complained that Siri is falling behind its rivals, offering a more bare-bones experience. Indeed, Siri is more limited than the likes of Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, and many of the things you’d expect Siri to be able to do, it can’t.
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