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iPhone 6 rumor rollup for the week ending April 18

John Cox | April 23, 2014
The iOSphere this past week wondered at the prospect of iPhone 6 with a Supercharged Siri, an all-knowing, all-doing software entity that will manage your iOS life for you. Eventually, probably in iOS 9, Siri will offer psychotherapy.

The iOSphere this past week wondered at the prospect of iPhone 6 with a Supercharged Siri, an all-knowing, all-doing software entity that will manage your iOS life for you. Eventually, probably in iOS 9, Siri will offer psychotherapy.

The Bummer of the Week was a confused, and confusedly reported, rumor that Apple is negotiating with carriers to raise the iPhone 6 price by $100. Why Apple would need carrier by-in to price its smartphone was unclear. The rumor resulted in something rarely seen: cheers for the carriers, who according to the Wall Street analyst who floated the context-less rumor, were supposedly resisting the hike.

Bloggers and tech websites also eagerly sifted through anonymous photos of third-party phone cases, "specially designed for the iPhone 6," and bigger batteries that, although they could be for any smartphone, if you think of them as being for the iPhone 6, show that the iPhone body would have to be larger, too.

It's simple really.

You read it here second.

iPhone 6 will have "supercharged" Siri

This is less a rumor than a hope. It's based on listing the various ways in which Apple's Siri voice assistant lacks certain features found in rivals, such as Google Now and Microsoft's just-announced Cortana, and looking at some Apple acquisitions. Neither technique really guarantees what we'll see in Siri with the next release of iOS.

This latest comparison is a Slashgear post by Chris Davies, who uses the space to mainly rehash and link to various earlier Slashgear posts on this general topic.

As did many others, Davies points again to Apple's recently disclosed acquisition of Novauris Technologies, a startup created by Dragon Systems co-founder James Baker, which reportedly is working on an automatic speech recognition system that runs partly on the client device and partly in the cloud.

"Local speech processing is one of the elements that rivals to Siri have cited as key advantages," Davies claims. "Rather than waiting for server-side analysis, for instance, Intel's Jarvis voice control can do it on the wearable itself."

The other elements of the "supercharged" Siri would be a personalized calendar, via Apple's acquisition of Cue, integration with the Shazam audio database for music recognition, and a Siri API, which would let third-party app developers tap into Siri. Apple is "believed to be readying" this, according to Davies.

Davies seems to be borrowing the API stuff from a TechCrunch post by Darrell Etherington, who in turn is, openly, borrowing from a subscription-only original article, "Apps Emerge as Key Battleground in Mobile Search," at The Information, a high-profile news startup focusing on the technology business.

That article, as Etherrington notes, looks at Siri as part of a larger analysis of the evolving mobile search/app integration space. As such, Siri is likely to become "smarter" and more capable relating apps, calendars, and personalized information to tasks carried out on behalf of the user, sometimes in cooperation with third-party apps or online services.

 

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