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What you need to know

  • Siri could shout or whisper as needed in the future, according to a new patent.
  • The patent explains that Siri could change its volume based on the amount of noise in the room.

A new patent could lead to Siri being able to increase or decrease its volume based on the amount of noise in the surrounding area.

First spotted by AppleInsider, the Patent Application was only just published and appears to suggest that Siri could learn to whisper or shout in the future depending on how much noise is in the room.

The audio appliance of claim 1, further comprising instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the appliance to select a playback volume according to the classified speech mode, the one or more cues, or a combination thereof, and to output the synthesized speech at the selected playback volume.

The audio appliance of claim 1, wherein the instructions to select a speech output mode further comprise instructions to select one or more speech synthesis parameters, the memory further comprising instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the appliance to: generate synthesized speech according to a speech synthesis model and the selected one or more speech synthesis parameters.

Patent talk aside, that simply suggests that Siri could learn to alter its volume to ensure that it can be heard. Likewise, it could reduce the volume if needed – specifically when the room is quiet, perhaps at night.

Even while Siri continues to grow, Apple's HomePod still isn't the best smart speaker you can buy. Hopefully features like the one this patent points to will help rectify that in the future!