Apple WWDC 2016: New Siri Features and SDK
Rumor has it that Apple won’t be showing any new hardware of substance on the WWDC 2016, but instead focus on software and incremental improvements. There is much room for speculation, as we know very little about the spectrum of what is to expected at the conference in the week of June 13th. According to an analyst, Apple is planning to focus on the virtual assistant currently present on iOS and tvOS, namely Siri. A new SDK is going to empower developers to do more with Siri, the analyst claims.
According to RBC analyst’s Amit Daryanani report, the WWDC will focus on features including Siri during the event on 13th to 17th of June. A new software development kit (SDK) delivers the tools developers need to introduce Siri deeper integration into their own apps. The analyst is also quite certain that Siri will land on the Mac with a coming update. We had reported on rumors concerning this issue in an earlier article.
Siri keeps getting smarter
Also according to Daryanani, Apple is working on including features in the Siri system that were acquired from the British startup VocalIQ. The capabilities of VocalIQ’s technology center around interpreting highly complex voice commands that would allow Siri to react better to difficult questions and link topics together, so that the virtual assistant’s replies are more accurate and useful in practice.
It is highly likely that Apple will show the latest and greatest in iOS 10 and Mac OS 10.12 during the initial presentation at the WWDC 2016 conference. There are also plans to update watchOS and tvOS, which should be a part of the presentation as well. Another interesting software update might arrive in the form of an interface overhaul for iTunes, the often-criticized music application. As explained above, new hardware is probably not yet in the pipeline. The WWDC 2016 keynote will begin on the 13th of June, 10 AM PT at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.