Gurman: Apple to simplify the “Hey Siri” trigger phrase to just “Siri”

“Hey Siri” could be just “Siri” in the future.

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Gurman: Apple to simplify the “Hey Siri” trigger phrase to just “Siri”
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Apple is working on a major revamp of its Siri voice assistant. While you must currently say “Hey Siri” to activate the assistant hands-free, this may change in the near future. According to Bloomberg, Apple engineers are working to remove the “Hey” part of the phrase, so you would only have to say “Siri” followed by a command to activate the assistant…

Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman writes in the latest issue of his Power On newsletter that this is “a technical challenge that requires a significant amount of AI training and underlying engineering work.”

Apple has reportedly been working on this change for several months and hopes to implement it either next year or in 2024, depending on development and testing progress.

Apple is currently testing this change with employees and collecting the necessary training data as part of the process. One of the specific challenges is ensuring that Siri understands the wake word in a variety of accents and dialects.

Apple is also working to improve Siri in other areas, such as its integration with third-party applications and services. “It will integrate the voice assistant deeper into third-party apps and services and improve its ability to understand users and take the correct course of action,” Bloomberg reports today.

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