Apple Adds ‘Hey Siri’ Voice Training in iOS 9

The latest pre-release version of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS 9, appears to add the ability for the intelligent assistant Siri to learn to recognize a user's voice. The Golden Master (or GM) version of iOS 9 was released to participants in Apple's public beta program after the company's iPhone 6S and Apple TV launch event this week in San Francisco.

The new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, which become available for pre-ordering tomorrow, add a feature for "voice training" when Siri is used with automatic activation, according to a report today in the Apple user site 9 to 5 Mac. Before that feature can be enabled, iOS 9 runs users through "a few training exercises," the site reported.

iOS 9 is scheduled to be released on September 16. The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus will hit the market on September 25.

Sensitive Siri

Apple said the latest update to its mobile operating system for iPhone, iPads and other mobile devices will bring new capabilities for Siri. The digital personal assistant has been redesigned to provide more intelligent searches and contextual reminders, even taking into account the time and a user's location.

"Siri can do more than ever and new proactive assistance helps you get more done before you ask, all while protecting users' privacy," said Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering.

Recent discussions on Apple's Developer Forums have called attention to the increased sensitivity of the updated Siri. One user noted in June, "I was watching the keynote on my phone last night while plugged in. When they got to the Siri demonstration and said, 'Hey Siri,' my phone cut the video and started listening."

Users have also commented that Siri has responded unexpectedly by correcting them for swearing, and -- in one case -- activated...

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