With WWDC just over a couple of weeks away, Apple’s personal assistant Siri has started teasing the event and has potentially dropped hints at some of its major upcoming changes. When you ask Siri about WWDC, it responds with “La la la, Siri is getting a brand new voice!” which clearly points to the digital assistant getting a new voice.
The current Siri voice does sound robotic so it is plausible that we will see Apple unveil a new voice for Siri at WWDC 2018 that sounds less robotic and more human-like. Google did something similar at I/O this year where it unveiled six different voices for its personal assistant.
Siri has also dropped hints about it getting a “shiny new home! Well, not really shiny, more meshy and matte…” This perhaps points to Apple unveiling a cheaper HomePod at WWDC 2018 this year. There have been rumors of a $199 HomePod from Apple being in the work, though there have been no concrete leaks on that front. There was a sketchy rumor over the weekend which claimed that Apple was working on a $199 HomePod under the Beats brand.
Siri continues to tease some major improvements for it at the upcoming WWDC when you ask it “Tell me about WWDC.” Another reply from Siri points to the digital assistant getting “a lot smarter” thanks to “all that late night studying” it has been doing.
Apple has in the past used Siri to tease upcoming new announcements at WWDC, and it is doing the same this time around as well. It does look like that apart from focusing on performance and stability, Apple will also be making major improvements to Siri in iOS 12. Considering how much ahead Google’s Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa are compared to Siri at this point, this was more of a necessity from Apple’s part.