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Siri, welcome back: All the changes coming to the digital assistant

Siri will be more conversational (instead of tackling one question at a time) and it will be intelligent to understand whether a few queries are related to one another

Mathures Paul Published 12.06.24, 11:43 AM
Siri enters the AI era

Siri enters the AI era The Telegraph

Siri, Apple’s longtime digital assistant, needed a fresh shot of life to bring it up to date. Apple has given Siri an AI makeover, making it smarter and it is now able to determine intent and decode complicated information.

Siri will be more conversational (instead of tackling one question at a time) and it will be intelligent to understand whether a few queries are related to one another. It’s about contextual awareness.

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Taking advantage of Apple Intelligence, Siri will be more aware. For example, if a friend sends you an address, you can ask Siri to do something like “Add this address to contact card” and voila.

Siri will also be able to take action across apps, so you can request the assistant to “make this photo pop”, followed by “add this photo” to some other app. The App Intents API allows developers to let Siri take actions in their apps and there is improved Siri’s awareness of personal context, including messages, calendar events, files and photos. Siri can, in fact, go deeper. The company offered an example of Siri looking for a photo of one’s license, extracting the ID number and entering it into a web form for you. The entire process wants to save time for the user.

The digital assistant can also answer questions based on details from your messages and emails, like remembering your dinner reservations or offering latest flight tracking for a previously-shared reservation.

That’s not all: Siri can take advantage of ChatGPT because of Apple’s newly-forged partnership with OpenAI. For some text-based queries, users can opt to get an answer from ChatGPT.

ChatGPT is also built into systemwide writing tools. What does it mean? Say you want to create a bedtime story for a child and add images created by ChatGPT. Sure, go ahead. The user’s request and information won’t be logged, Apple said. The integration will come into iOS 18, iPadOS 18 and macOS Sequoia later this year.

Apple hasn’t mentioned a timeframe for the launch of the new Siri capabilities but said the new version of its assistant will be coming to iPhone, iPad and the Mac. The revamped Siri is part of Apple’s push into “personal intelligence”.

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