It looks like Apple is firmly team “Hey is for horses” as it’s pulling the “Hey” from Siri’s wake-up command.
According to BloombergAccording to Mark Gurman, Apple has been working on this improvement to its AI voice assistant for several months and plans to implement the change next year or next. You must be wondering why skipping one small word would take so long to be implemented. Well, that’s because removing half of the trigger phrase makes it harder for Siri to accurately pick up and respond to requests, especially in multiple accents and dialects.
Gurman explained, “Having two words—”Hey Siri”—increases the likelihood that the signal will be picked up properly.”
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Calling on Siri without the “Hey” part of the command will make the voice assistant, which is supported on iPhones, iPads, AirPods, Apple Watches, Beats, HomePods and Macs, act more like Amazon’s Alexa, requiring Such indication is not required. And Apple may not be alone in making this change. According to Gurman, Google is working on removing the need to repeat “Hey Google” or “Okay Google,” its signature voice assistant trigger phrase, in follow-up requests.
It’s the latest in a string of quality-of-life changes Apple is making for Siri. Last year, Apple added a more gender neutral voice option in iOS 15.4 and also revamped Siri’s interface for the Apple TV’s 16.1 operating system update.
Now if only Apple could make Siri worth calling the first time.