Since Siri was debuted on iOS 5 back in 2011, it has been left in the dust by the competitors. At the time, Siri was a pretty decent assistant, but then came Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Microsoft’s Cortana and others, that have just blown past Siri. Which hasn’t really changed in 12 years, aside from a few visual changes.
Well, now it looks like Siri is preparing for a major update with iOS 18 next year. According to The Information, Apple wants Siri to be able to help users automate complex tasks, with voice-based commands. Basically, it wants Siri to replace ChatGPT or Google Bard.
Apparently, Apple is spending a million dollars a day on AI right now, and a big part of that is improving Siri.
What might Siri be able to do, in iOS 18?
Some things being floated around include the ability for Siri to take a series of five photos, turn them into a GIF and then send that GIF to a friend as a single action. Obviously, you could already create a GIF from a series of photos from he Shortcuts app, but you need to set that up. This wouldn’t require any set up, just doing it with a simple command.
It’s likely that Siri’s functionality is going to be similar to the Shortcuts app, which is already a pretty powerful app that you can use on iOS and iPad OS. And it can do almost anything. The report notes that Apple is planning to have this upgrade ready for the iOS 18 debut at WWDC in June 2024. Which would make it available to everyone by the fall of 2024. Around the time of the iPhone 16.
However, Apple isn’t the only one that is working to upgrade its assistant. Google is also reportedly working to upgrade the Google Assistant with language model software that would be able to also handle more complex tasks. Though, Google could launch earlier, since it would no be tied to a platform update, like Apple tends to do.