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.
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!
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Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.