Siri's getting shorter, and hopefully a whole lot smarter too

The "hey" is reportedly going away, and Siri's gaining new powers for your iPhone and smart home

Apple HomePod mini
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If you have an iPhone, an Apple Watch, a HomePod or other Apple kit, you've probably used Siri – and you've probably been a bit frustrated by it. Apple's personal digital assistant feels like it's been falling behind rival services, but that may change this week at WWDC

According to reports from Bloomberg and others, Apple is dropping the "Hey" bit of the "Hey, Siri" trigger. And more usefully, it's improving what Siri can do. 

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Dropping the "hey" is an interesting one, because of all the Siri complaints I've read or heard I don't think anyone was unhappy about having to say "hey". Not only that, but dropping from a three-syllable trigger to two-syllable one may mean more false positives, and my Siri is already really bad for that. 

This change was first reported back in November, and at the same time Bloomberg reported that much deeper Siri integrations were coming in third party apps and that Siri's contextual understanding would be significantly improved. I'm hoping that Apple's engineers have been as focused on that as they have been on the trigger phrase, because of course a smarter Siri would be much more useful.

Given the hype around AI and large language models such as ChatGPT, I think it's highly likely we'll see a smarter Siri shown off this week – although I also think it's highly likely that the most useful things we'll see will be unavailable until iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 launch in late September. 

Carrie Marshall

Writer, musician and broadcaster Carrie Marshall has been covering technology since 1998 and is particularly interested in how tech can help us live our best lives. Her CV is a who’s who of magazines, newspapers, websites and radio programmes ranging from T3, Techradar and MacFormat to the BBC, Sunday Post and People’s Friend. Carrie has written more than a dozen books, ghost-wrote two more and co-wrote seven more books and a Radio 2 documentary series. When she’s not scribbling, she’s the singer in Glaswegian rock band HAVR (