Siri celebrates her second anniversary today, two years after first making a splashy debut with the iPhone 4S — and to celebrate, users can now get a peek at the voice actress behind the virtual assistant.
It's a very special rumor-laden Labor Day version of the hot news of the week. Did you hear Apple has a new iPhone in production? Well, of course you did. But what else did you hear about it? Anything? Anything at all? Well, we just so happen to have some choice iPhone 5S/C rumors (with video!) and a few other things in the pipeline. So if you aren't already sitting outside grilling for the weekend, have at the week's top news and innuendo.
Say whatever you will about Siri's effectiveness, but at least she's got a sense of humor. That's even more apparent with the latest update, which adds some snarky responses whenever you say, "Okay, Glass," the voice command prompted associated with Google Glass.
While there's a synergy between iOS and Apple TV, the two interfaces couldn't be any more different. Put them side by side and they barely resemble each other; if anything, they've gotten further apart with their latest respective updates. Apple has designed each interface to work in its respective environment — we're never going be tapping our televisions to play a movie, and we won't be navigating our iPads with a remote anytime soon.
But there might be a way to bring it all together. At Apple's quarterly results conference call, Tim Cook divulged a bit more about the mysterious iOS in the Car initiative, calling it a "key part of the ecosystem."
Interesting things are afoot at Apple, and not all of them are originating in Cupertino. As noted by Xconomy (via 9to5Mac), Apple's new Boston office near MIT has suddenly been staffed with speech and voice-recognition specialists formerly employed by VoiceSignal Technologies, leading to speculation that Apple's planning on changes for Siri that entail a shift away from Nuance.
We came, we saw and for the most part, OS X Mavericks and iOS 7 appear to be a big hit with Apple fans. Pro users who have been waiting literally years for a new Mac Pro were also generally pleased with Cupertino's sneak peek of the new hardware, and we crossed off most of the items on our own personal wish list. Now we have to endure a long, hot summer before we can get our hands on all these goodies, but first let's recap some of the other stories from Monday you might have missed.
Mobile users have become accustomed to searching with only their voice, but those on the desktop are still stuck with the ol' keyboard and mouse -- that is, unless you're rocking Google Chrome, whose latest stable version now includes voice search.
iPhone users rarely have any need to envy their Android-toting friends, but the introduction of Google Now certainly gave them one reason to do so. With the feature finally available on iOS with the latest update to Google Search, does it actually live up to expectations? Google Now gathers weather, places, travel, and customized interests into neat stacks of virtual “cards.” Related entries are grouped to minimize clutter, but users can temporarily eliminate unwanted entries by swiping them off the screen, or permanently toggle off entire categories in Settings.