As expected, Apple on Monday unveiled a new version of its virtual assistant Siri at its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) keynote.
Siri, which was introduced in 2011 as an exclusive feature of the iPhone 4S, currently works on iPhones, iPads, Apple TVs, Apple Watches, and Mac computers. Here’s what Apple unveiled with regards to Siri on Monday:
- Siri is used by more than 375 million devices each month. It’s available in more languages and more countries than any other assistant.
- Apple is upgrading the interface of dealing with Siri. The company used deep-learning to create a new, more expressive voices for Siri. Apple demoed Siri saying “sunny” in three different ways.
- Siri can now translate for you. You can ask Siri “What are your most popular dishes, in Chinese?” and it will translate your words into Chinese for you. It will support, Chinese, French, German, and others at first, with more to come later.
- Siri understands your voice, but also understands context and your interests to predict what you’re going to want next. This information is synced across devices so it’s always helpful, no matter what device you’re using.
- There’s a new Siri watchface on Apple Watches, thanks to the newest watchOS update. It will show you information at a glance, like appointments that day and information about your commute. You can twist the Watch’s digital crown to see more information.
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