Since the introduction of Siri, Apple has been trying to add more features to enrich the user experience. Recently Gizmodo found a patent file regarding Siri. Apple is applying for a “whisper” related patents, but when it can be installed is still unknown.
In the patent document, Apple mentioned that under normal circumstances, Siri will broadcast at normal or higher volume. If the user hits Siri in a whisper, his broadcast volume decreases as well, so it does not disturb anyone around him. The patent was submitted in 2016, from the current state of view Apple has not made it a real plan. The new feature will make it easier to use Siri in public settings where it might seem awkward to instruct Siri loudly.
Gizmodo writes: Asked if this sort of technology could possibly be released anytime soon, Alex Rudnicky, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s Language Technologies Institute, told Gizmodo that it “could come out any time because the component technologies are pretty straightforward,” Rudnicky said. “The ways that they’re doing this is kind of textbook speech processing,” but “working up an algorithm to decide when to go into whisper mode” would be more complicated. “I can’t really say why nobody’s come up with this solution. But once you hear it, it sounds really reasonable. Why not?”
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Apple’s investment in voice assistants has shown a gradual increase in recent years. Whether it is the introduction of HomePod voice speakers or Siri further improvements, all reflect Apple’s ambition. In September of this year, Apple handed over the Siri team to Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering.
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As per the current situation, Eddy Cue, senior vice president, has lost control of the Siri team. Siri Voice Assistant has played an increasingly important role in the operating systems of Apple’s iPhone and Mac products in recent years, and it is exactly what Craig is responsible for. An Apple spokesman confirmed the change in personnel but declined to comment further.