Apple Could Drop Hey From Hey Siri Trigger

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman said that Apple is working on a project to simplify the “Hey Siri” trigger word so that it will just be “Siri.” Earlier reports said that Apple was preparing to launch new Macs early next year.

The firm is working on an initiative to remove “hey” from the trigger phrase, making it possible for users to issue commands by simply saying “Siri.” Even though this might seem like a small change, it is a huge technological challenge that requires a lot of artificial intelligence (AI) training and engineering.

Siri’s complexity stems from its ability to grasp the sole term “Siri” in a variety of accents and dialects. Having two words—”Hey Siri”—increases the likelihood of the system correctly picking up the signal. Apple is also working on new features. It will deeply integrate the voice assistant into third-party apps and services, making it better able to understand what users want and do what they want.

Siri has improved over the years, yet it still misinterprets users and makes mistakes. Improvements have also lagged behind the competition. If it succeeded, the transition from “Hey Siri” to “Siri” would mimic Inc.’s Alexa, which needs users to say “Alexa” rather than “Hey Alexa.”

Google requires the phrase “OK Google” or “Hey Google,” but has been striving to allow users to make follow-up questions without repeating the voice command.

Apple would speed up back-to-back inquiries by deleting the “Hey” from “Hey Siri.” Other changes to Siri have also been made by the firm, including the revamp of the UI on the Apple TV as part of tvOS 16.1.

According to Mark Gurman, who states this in his article,

The company is working on an initiative to drop the “Hey” in the trigger phrase so that a user only needs to say “Siri”—along with a command. While that might seem like a small change, making the switch is a technical challenge that requires a significant amount of AI training and underlying engineering work.