Beta testers point out possible “Hey Siri” feature, individualized voice recognition possible in iOS 9.1
Date: Friday, September 11th, 2015, 07:05
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Siri, Software
This could be interesting.
A number of users who had the chance to test the first public beta of iOS 9.1 on Thursday, along with the GM version on Wednesday, have stated that the operating system allows for a set-up process for voice customization with Siri. A new “Hey Siri” feature coming to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, thanks to a built-in M9 motion coprocessor, enables the phones’ always-on functionality.
Although unconfirmed by Apple, the discovery in iOS 9.1 suggests that Siri will be able to begin detecting specific user voices and determine whether or not the owner of the iPhone in question is speaking to her. Similar in vein to the way Apple aimed its Touch ID feature to work better and better the more you unlocked an iPhone using the fingerprint scanning sensor, it seems the set-up process will guide users into stating words or phrases to better acclimate Siri with each iPhone owner.
The feature is apparently found in the Siri settings and would allows users to get Siri’s attention by saying “Hey Siri” near the iPhone. The new set-up process could also just be a way for Siri to work better detecting voices in general, and not be specific to each user. With the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus launching in just two weeks, it won’t be long until everyone can find out for themselves.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.