Date: Monday, June 13th, 2016, 08:15
Category: iOS, News, OS X, Siri, Software
Siri is changing a bit ahead of WWDC 2016.
And it now knows what the Finder is.
As of now, when asked the specific question “Siri open settings in the window,” Siri for iOS responds with: “It doesn’t look like you have an app named ‘Finder’.”
Interestingly, omitting the word “Siri” from the query changes the response, and the assistant simply opens the iOS Settings application.
Over the years, there never has been a Finder application for iOS and the Finder was limited to OS X. The updated response has been seen as Apple’s possible integration of Siri on the Mac, a feature which is expected in OS X 10.12.
Apple is set to host a keynote presentation on Monday, where it’s highly anticipated to announce that Siri voice controls will be coming to the Mac. Assorted updates to Siri, greatly expanding its functionality across all of Apple’s major platforms, are also expected.
It’s also believed that Apple will announce a third-party software development kit that will allow non-Apple apps to tap into Siri.
Apple acquired natural language processing firm VocalIQ late last year, helping to fuel speculation that it could be used to power a more advanced version of Siri. The company’s technology is capable of interpreting complex commands, such as “Find a nearby Chinese restaurant with open parking and Wi-Fi that’s kid friendly.”
WWDC 2016 is expected to feature iOS 10, a new version of the OS X (potentially renamed macOS), and updates to watchOS and tvOS. Apple is also said to be working on a major overhaul of the Apple Music user interface, and new Beats streaming radio stations.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.