iOS 18 could be the update that finally makes Siri worth using

Siri on iOS
(Image credit: Christine Romero-Chan / iMore)

Apple is looking at improving its Siri assistant by merging it with its recent AI efforts, and we could be using it by next year.

According to The Information, the company has been looking at a different AI language model to ChatGPT, called Ajax GPT. This is reportedly years ahead of OpenAI’s efforts and could supercharge Apple’s assistant in ways it’s desperately needed for years.

Both Google and Microsoft have been implementing AI as a helper - with Windows 11 having a ‘Copilot’ assistant powered by ChatGPT. And Google has its ‘Bard’ assistant, currently integrated into its search engine, Docs, and Photos services.

However, there are questions about how an iPhone could store Ajax or handle a query without an internet connection. But at this point for Siri, perhaps drastic measures need to be taken.


Come a little bit closer, Siri — iMore’s Take

Using Siri in 2023 is just an afterthought for me. I’ll use it as a last resort when I can’t reach my phone, and I quickly need to call my wife, for instance. Or I’ll ask Siri to play me the best of the Beatles, and depending on how it feels that day, it may play tracks from Apple Music or Spotify.

I use ChatGPT on my iPhone more, both through its app and through the Shortcut that replaces Siri effortlessly on your iPhone. It’s fun to use as a tool, especially when I ask it to think up recipes for me, as I explained in a recent iMore Show episode.

But waiting for Apple to make a move into a new space is quintessentially Apple. It will decide when the time is right, not when everyone else is attempting the same thing.

So, waiting another year to see how Apple implements AI in iOS 18 is unsurprising. But when you consider how useless Siri has been for years now, any improvement feels long overdue.

Daryl Baxter
Features Editor

Daryl is iMore's Features Editor, overseeing long-form and in-depth articles and op-eds. Daryl loves using his experience as both a journalist and Apple fan to tell stories about Apple's products and its community, from the apps we use everyday to the products that have been long forgotten in the Cupertino archives.


Previously Software & Downloads Writer at TechRadar, and Deputy Editor at StealthOptional, he's also written a book, 'The Making of Tomb Raider', which tells the story of the beginnings of Lara Croft and the series' early development. He's also written for many other publications including WIRED, MacFormat, Bloody Disgusting, VGC, GamesRadar, Nintendo Life, VRV Blog, The Loop Magazine, SUPER JUMP, Gizmodo, Film Stories, TopTenReviews, Miketendo64 and Daily Star.

  • Just_Me_D
    Siri is already worth using to me. Heck, I use Siri almost every day and have been for quite some time.
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  • FFR
    Siri works great fo me, I use it all day. Is this the author that never used an iPhone.
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  • Annie_M
    I'm a fan of Siri. Of course Siri is going to continue to improve as time goes by. Don't we all? As for the author... haters love to hate.
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  • iebock
    I think the problem with Siri is Apple bought it and then neglected it for years. It is far behind Alexa ad even Google. Add to it they made HomeKit so complicated for the first few years that trying to integrate it with Siri in your home to automate things as easy as lights made it almost useless for that use case.

    I find it to be good when I am out and listening to music but in the area of home automation there's still a lot to be desired.
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  • Lee_Bo
    FFR said:
    Siri works great fo me, I use it all day. Is this the author that never used an iPhone.

    DING DING DING DING!!!!!
    Reply
  • FFR
    Lee_Bo said:
    DING DING DING DING!!!!!

    Reply