October 3, 2023

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The end of “Hey Siri!”: Apple amends the phrase crying out for the digital assistant

The end of “Hey Siri!”: Apple amends the phrase crying out for the digital assistant

Apple announced a small, but at the same time eye-catching change. Soon you won’t have to shout “Hey Siri” to activate the assistant on your iPhone, but simply “Siri.”

Apple is currently holding its annual developer conference (WWDC). The company then introduced its long-awaited augmented reality headset Apple Vision Pro on Monday evening.

However, there were also many other ads that received less attention. This includes the new mobile operating system iOS 17 which has a lot of changes.


A small but no less important novelty in iOS 17 is that Apple has modified the Siri call or play phrase. Currently, you can activate this digital assistant by saying “Hey Siri”. That first word won’t be necessary any time soon, because “Siri” will suffice.

This slight simplification was reportedly more than a year in the making. It turns out that it is not at all easy to ensure that Apple products respond correctly to a call phrase of only two syllables. They must be understood in all kinds of accents and dialects without becoming active at inappropriate times. This turned out to be a very big technical challenge.

However, Apple wanted to delete the word “Hey” in a broader move to make Siri work faster and smoother. In iOS 17, you will also be able to ask multiple questions in a row without having to activate Siri each time.

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iOS 17

Apple has not yet provided an official release timeline for iOS 17. According to the site cnet We can expect its beta release around July and the new OS will be available to everyone from September. From now on, “Siri” will suffice.