Almost everyone who has used Siri on an Apple Watch agrees that the personal digital assistant is at its best when living on the wrist. Whether it be the more intimate setting or improved microphone, Siri performs better on the Apple Watch than Apple’s other devices. At least, that’s how it seems after a week with the Apple Watch anyway.
Beyond the inner workings of Siri and any potential increase in reliability though, Siri on Apple Watch at the very least looks different when compared to existing implementations. According to a new report by 9to5Mac though, that new look could be on its way to iOS 9.
Set for release around September time and hopefully about to be debuted at the upcoming WWDC 2015 event in San Francisco, iOS 9 is the first major release of iOS to arrive following the Apple Watch’s launch and looks set to borrow at least some of its design cues from the wearable. Siri for example is more colorful and, dare we say it, fun on the Apple Watch despite the fact that it doesn’t speak like it does on other devices. The more muted, more clinical appearance of Siri in iOS 8 is set to be replaced with a more lively looking Siri in iOS 9, if 9to5Mac’s sources are to be believed.
Siri is also pencilled in to receive some new functionality that could see it rival the growing Cortana from Microsoft and Google Now from Google. The latter two currently best Siri when it comes to certain responses to complex questions and are capable of providing information based on a user’s location in ways Siri isn’t quite ready for. If iOS 9 is to remedy such things, Siri could become more useful for many of us overnight.
Apple’s WWDC event is usually the place that big new releases of iOS are outed, months before they arrive on devices. Developers need time to get their apps ready for the overhaul iOS receives once a year, and WWDC is where that overhaul has historically been given its first outing.
We’ll keep an eye out for more developments, so stay tuned to our coverage.