New Apple Patent Reveals How Siri Could Support Multiuser Feature

By Oliver White — Published August 15, 2018

New Apple Patent Reveals How Siri Could Support Multiuser Feature

Whilst we have already seen companies like Amazon moving towards multiuser support in the form of their shared wish lists, and their Echo lineup supporting multiple users, Apple has stubbornly resisted this option. Until now.

Apple has just been granted a patent for "user profiling for voice input processing," and the company may be applying this idea to Siri too. Apple has already developed their voice control feature to be able to distinguish the iPhone owner's voice to that of another person but as of now, personalized responses to different voices has not yet been an option. This patent will help Siri to recognize different users and in turn, create a response based on past interactions with them as well as perform tasks based on who is speaking. Siri will have access to a library of past commands and requests to make Siri's actions more accurate to the needs of the specific user. What's more, Siri would also be able to save preferences as well as learning new ones, adapting successfully to the needs of each user. We are still unaware of exactly how Apple is planning on ensuring that the voice recognition is accurate however options could include a username and password, the ability to recognize specific commands or biometric voice printing.

It is important to remember, however, that this is just a parent for now. Companies like Apple are known for filing patents without anything actually coming of it. However, although nothing has been confirmed just yet, developers spotted code referencing "custom responses" and support for multiple voices in an iOS 11.2.5 beta.

Benefits of this multiuser feature would be great for shared devices like the Apple HomePod. If Siri had the ability to recognize different voices this could potentially solve issues on shared devices where anyone can request having their text messages read aloud. What's more, the system would mean that people would be able to set up various profiles on their phone too. Siri would then be able to match the voice to the profile and in turn, customize responses. Therefore, a phone's primary user would be able to select what information they wanted to keep out of bounds to other users.


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