May 10, 2024

Some NYT Rumors on Siri Update

Tripp Mickle, Brian X. Chen, Cade Metz, on The New York Times:

Apple’s top software executives decided early last year that Siri, the company’s virtual assistant, needed a brain transplant.

The decision came after the executives Craig Federighi and John Giannandrea spent weeks testing OpenAI’s new chatbot, ChatGPT. The product’s use of generative artificial intelligence, which can write poetry, create computer code and answer complex questions, made Siri look antiquated, said two people familiar with the company’s work, who didn’t have permission to speak publicly.

Unlike John Gruber, I do think this article is worth noting. It paints a picture of huge acceleration in Siri’s features and scope since early last year.

While Apple is pushing the line that they have been adding many AI features in the background for many years — which is true. There’s is no denying that the main AI interface in all of Apple’s Operating Systems, Siri, showed really its age after ChatGPT even went public.


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