Siri, Apple's personal virtual assistant, debuted on the iPhone but, step by step, expanded to iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch. When it came time to build the HomePod, though, Apple needed to make a version of Siri optimized not for wrist, hand, lap or table distances, but for across the room and around the house. That meant making Siri optimized for far-field use cases.
Voice assistants are still new by user interface standards but will inarguably play a huge part in the future of human-machine interactions, so I can't get enough of this kind of stuff.
Well worth a read.
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Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.