According to a report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, it appears like Apple plans to replace the “Hey Siri” trigger phrase with just “Siri”.
In order to activate the voice assistant in the future, users would only need to say “Siri” followed by a command.
According to Gurman, Apple has been working on this modification for a number of months, and it is anticipated to go into effect either in 2019 or 2024.
This may seem like a minor change to some, but Apple experts say that because Siri is able to understand many different languages and dialects, it presents a “technical challenge that demands a significant amount of AI training and underlying engineering development” in order to function effectively.
Right present, the HomePods’ two-trigger “Hey, Siri” command occasionally inadvertently activates Apple’s voice assistant.
If Apple is able to do away with the “Hey” trigger phrase, Siri would become more similar to Amazon’s Alexa, which can already be called by the word “Alexa.”
Microsoft already removed the word “Hey” from its voice command that activates Cortana. Before that modification, saying “Hey, Cortana” on smart speakers would call Cortana to your attention.
Both “Hey, Google” and “Ok, Google,” are two-word commands that activate Google Assistant.
There are further changes than the one to Siri’s wake words that are in the works. Gurman thinks that Apple might enhance Siri’s comprehension and processing of user queries while also integrating it more deeply with third-party apps and services.
Apple included a new voice recorded by a member of the LGBTQ+ community earlier this year.
In 2011, Apple released the voice-activated personal assistant Siri with the iPhone 4s. Apple employed Susan Bennett’s voice for Siri from 2011 to 2013.