Apple is set to make some big announcements on Monday, June 5th at the Worldwide Developers Conference. We already talked about how the company might unveil four new iPad tablets. Now we have another rumor in line and this time it’s about Apple’s voice-assistant Siri.
The Apple Company is set to expand Siri so that the service can be used in an array of applications. Currently, Siri is limited to a few functions of which include commands for payments, photo search, sharing, messages and calling, hailing a ride, fitness and auto infotainment systems. Now, the voice assistant might expand to increase its versatility.
Siri’s number one rival, Amazon-owned Alexa has been posing quite a threat to Apple’s voice assistant with the Amazon Echo reaching incredible sales in the past year. Recently, Amazon also expanded and updated its Alexa-based services, further improving the convenience of their devices. Alexa is definitely more versatile and can handle up to 12,000 tasks. If Apple hopes to match up to the caliber of its rival, we can expect some serious changes in Siri underway.
Some new commands Siri might now be able to take are direct, general ones such as “Siri, take me to the airport”, or “Siri, order me a cab,” which will automatically connect to the Uber or Lyft app on the phone. These commands are a lot more general than the specific directions the Alexa voice assistant demands. We can even hope the new updates of Siri to order fast food like Alexa previously could.
Siri already had access to third-party apps with iOS 10, but with the new iOS 11 expected to be revealed on Monday in the WWDC conference, there’s a decent chance the third-party app access to Siri will expand.
There have also been rumors of the Apple Company planning to unveil a similar gadget like the Amazon Echo, a Siri Speaker. However, officials have refused to comment on it. The rumors of the possibility of the new Siri Speaker are too strong to ignore and we have a strong hunch we might get to hear about it officially on the WWDC.
According to Reuters, Matt Mcllwain, a venture capitalist with Madrona Venture Group spoke of the new developments of Siri, saying that he expects “the Apple Company to add new categories at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) next week, but not nearly enough to match Alexa’s number of skills. To attract developers in the modern world, you need a platform,” Mcllwain added, “If Apple does not launch a ‘skills store’, that would be a mistake.”
Apple has had a solid reputation of keeping its projects in the dark until it officially announces them in an event. For now, we can only hope the company will expand its voice-assistant. The actual details of the development will be unveiled tomorrow at the Worldwide Developers Conference.