Apple is Planning to change the ‘Hey Siri’ voice assistant command
Apple is considering changing Siri’s trigger phrase from ‘Hey Siri’ to simply ‘Siri. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman shared the report, and this change would mean that users would only need to say ‘Siri’ followed by a command to activate the smart assistant. Apple has been working on this feature for several months, according to Gurman, and it is expected to be released next year or in 2024. However, for the feature to function properly, Apple will need to invest a significant amount of AI training and underlying engineering work, because the smart assistant will need to understand the single wake word in a variety of accents and dialects.
The current two-word trigger phrase, ‘Hey Siri,’ increases the likelihood of Siri picking it up. Changing to a single wake phrase could help Siri compete with Amazon’s Alexa, which already allows users to activate the smart assistant with ‘Alexa’ rather than ‘Hey Alexa.’ It would also put Siri ahead of Google Assistant, which requires the ‘Ok Google’ or ‘Hey Google’ phrases to activate, though users do not have to repeat the wake word when making multiple requests at the same time. Even Microsoft had switched from ‘Hey Cortana’ to ‘Cortana’ on smart speakers before shutting down its voice assistant last year.
According to Gurman, Apple may also integrate Siri into third-party apps and services, as well as improve its ability to comprehend and process user requests. Apple recently made some minor changes to the voice assistant, including the addition of a new voice recorded by an LGBTQ+ community member and the introduction of a new Siri activation sound.