Personal digital assistants have become the norm among many smartphone and tablet users. The technology has even reached even smartwatches and laptops. One of the most widely used digital assistants used across the globe is none other than Siri. While Siri’s capabilities and reach have extensively increased over the years, let’s take a look at the history of Siri since its early days till its latest developments.
Siri was originally created from the non-profit SRI International Artificial Intelligence Center, and was co-founded by Dag Kittlaus (CEO), Adam Cheyer (VP Engineering), and Tom Gruber (CTO). Funds were raised up to $24 million on September 2007. The application was able to bring information such as sports scores, weather, and other usual queries, along with launching apps by voice.
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Siri was initially launched as a stand-alone app on the Apple Store, and there were plans to bring the app for the Blackberry and Android smartphones. But those plans were scrapped when Apple acquired Siri Inc. on April 28, 2010
After the acquisition, Apple started to roll out the iOS 5 OS with Siri preinstalled. Siri was also one of the main features of the Apple iPhone 4S that was launched on October 14, 2011. Apple started to implement dictation capabilities of Siri into the 3rd Gen Apple iPad via the rollout of iOS 5.1.1 in May 2012.
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As time passes by, the Cupertino giant focused on increasing the capabilities of Siri, that includes opening apps by voice through the device, asking for movie timings, finding nearby restaurants, personal information of famous people, general knowledge, Google Map and Yelp integration, and much more.
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With the release of the Apple iOS 7 OS, Apple has introduced a feature that lets users choose to whether Siri should sound as a male or female based on the customer’s preferences.
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On September 2014, Apple introduced their very first smartwatch called the Apple Watch. And one of the main features of the device was the integration of Siri, but in a limited fashion for now. While Siri on the Apple Watch will only be able to hear commands from the user, it cannot answer back by voice as seen on other Apple products. Apple Watch was released later in 2015, followed by the second-generation watches in 2016 this year.
At the September 2015 Apple event, the Cupertino company stated that iPhones, including the Apple iPhone 6s smartphone when the device isn’t being charged. Siri also made its way to the Apple TV platform as well.
With Apple implementing the smart digital assistant Siri into their premium MacBook series devices via software, it looks like almost all of Apple’s product portfolio is capable of running Siri to interact with users.