What’s new with Siri?
Apple on unveiled a new version of its virtual assistant Siri at its Worldwide Developer Conference. Siri, which was introduced in 2011 as an exclusive feature of the iPhone 4S, currently works on iPhones, iPads, Apple TVs, Apple Watches, and Mac computers. Here’s what Apple unveiled with regards to Siri.
Siri is used by more than 375 million devices each month. It’s available in more languages and more countries than any other assistant. Apple is upgrading the interface of dealing with Siri. The company used deep learning to create a new, more expressive voices for Siri, in both male and female tones. Apple demoed Siri saying “sunny” in three different ways. There’s a new visual interface, and Siri will now give you multiple results when you ask a query. Siri can now translate for you. You can ask Siri “What are your most popular dishes, in Chinese?” and it will translate your words into Chinese for you, with a written translation as well. It will support, Chinese, French, German, Italian and others at first, with more to come later.
Siri not only understands your voice, but will now understand context and your personal interests, including how you use your device, to predict what you’re going to want next. In iOS 11, Siri uses on-device learning to learn more about what topics are of interest to us, and help us respond to questions within Messages. This information is synced across devices so it’s always helpful, no matter what device you’re using, but it’s encrypted end-to-end, so it’s completely private. There’s a new Siri watchface on Apple Watches, thanks to the newest watch OS update. It’ll show you information at a glance, like appointments that day and information about your commute. You can twist the Watch’s digital crown to see more information.
Apple announced that major changes are coming to Siri across the various hardware platforms that support the digital assistant in iOS 11. There’s a new voice for the digital assistant that’s meant to sound more natural, along with a more visual interface that shows suggestions and follow-ups to your original query. Siri is also getting a new Translation feature in beta, for translating from English to Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish, with more language combinations coming soon. Siri will also use “on-device learning” to be more predicative about what you want next, based on your existing use of the digital assistant. That learning gets synced across all your devices, but remains private to you, according to Apple.
Additionally, more open third-party support that will allow developers freedom to integrate their apps with the voice-controlled assistant. Developers will be able to do more things, including task management and more. The updated version of Siri will roll out later this year in iOS 11.
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