Apple might be about to make a huge change to Siri

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Since the voice assistants' inception, you've had to say 'Hey Siri' in order for Siri to activate, and for things to happen. In Mark Gurmans Newsletter, however, we learn that there may be a possibility that Apple will "drop the 'Hey' from 'Hey Siri'."

The change is something to look out for later today at the WWDC show, along with a bunch of other new features and even products, like the rumored Apple VR headset.

No more 'hey'

In a move that will make everyone from HomeKit power users to my Mum (Who tries to get Siri to respond to requests like 'Siri, could you turn on the light please' or 'Siri, please change the song'), Apple looks set to remove the need to say 'Hey' when you want Siri to do something. This should simplify Siri's commands, making it easier for users to use – especially, by the sounds of things, my Mum.

Gurman reports that it will work like this: "Hey” in the trigger phrase so that a user only needs to say “Siri”—along with a command." He goes on to say that "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."

Apparently, Apple has been working on the change for several months, and hopes to roll out the switch for next year, or even the year after. This could be announced at WWDC, although given the timescale it might be something that we see a little bit later.

What we're really hoping to see at WWDC is the Apple VR headset – something that likely will have Siri in the center. This new Siri news could be a part of Apple making Siri easier to use for users of Apple VR. 

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Tammy Rogers
Senior Staff Writer

As iMore's Senior Staff writer, Tammy uses her background in audio and Masters in screenwriting to pen engaging product reviews and informative buying guides. The resident audiophile (or audio weirdo), she's got an eye for detail and a love of top-quality sound. Apple is her bread and butter, with attention on HomeKit and Apple iPhone and Mac hardware. You won't find her far away from a keyboard even outside of working at iMore – in her spare time, she spends her free time writing feature-length and TV screenplays. Also known to enjoy driving digital cars around virtual circuits, to varying degrees of success. Just don't ask her about AirPods Max - you probably won't like her answer.