Apple is reportedly implementing a new, shorter trigger phase for Siri to save users time and potential frustration.
The wake word for popular digital assistants may soon be just “Siri” instead of “Hey Siri,” saving us all those precious milliseconds (they add up). Apple has been working on the change for months, according to one company. Bloomberg reports.
It may seem like a simple change on paper, but the shift presents some unique technical challenges, which the company is addressing with massive AI firepower and a lot of engineering work. It’s currently undergoing internal testing with Apple employees.
The simplified trigger phase is not just a time saver. It should also allow users to string together multiple commands in a sentence, something that will be familiar to anyone with some Alexa devices at home since Amazon cut the “hey” from its digital assistant some time ago.
The upcoming phrase change will affect Siri on all available Apple devices, such as iPads, iPhones, laptops, and even the Apple Watch. Apple wants the simplified phrases to be easier to implement between Siri and third-party apps.
Unfortunately, you can’t remove “hey” from your vocabulary just yet. Bloomberg said Apple won’t roll out the tweak until next year or even the year after. In the meantime, we will continue to lose those milliseconds like… tears in the rain.