During WWDC, Apple presented a lot of new things. And the good news for Siri users is that Apple hasn’t forgotten about its virtual assistant. Today the company claims more than 600 million devices per month using this service. And among the novelties of the WWDC, Apple announces the arrival of the local processing of Siri requests.
In other words, when you make a voice request on iOS 15, your voice is no longer routed through Apple’s servers, but processed by a voice recognition algorithm stored on your iPhone to generate the commands. This has two major advantages.
First of all, you can use Siri for certain requests (launch an application, change a setting, control a music player, etc.) even when your iPhone is not connected to a wifi access point or data. On the other hand, Siri becomes more responsive thanks to this local processing. In addition, the local processing is another guarantee of respect for your privacy (since your voice stays in your iPhone).
Note, however, that Apple is a little behind Google in this area. In fact, Mountain View has been offering local processing of Google Assistant requests since 2019.
In any case, the arrival of local or offline processing shows that Apple is making advances in artificial intelligence. And that’s important, because Siri is often considered less advanced compared to its rivals Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.
Additional functions for better protection of your privacy under iOS 15
The offline processing by Siri is one of the new privacy-related news that Apple presented at the opening of the WWDC 2021 conference. Among these new features, there is also a new feature in iOS 15 that will keep you better informed about your personal information.
As a reminder, Apple already offers data protection labels on iOS 14, with which you can quickly see what data an app is using and how it is being used before downloading it. And on iOS 15, the company also offers you a new section called “App Privacy Report”.
As the company Cupertino explains, this section gives you an overview of how apps respect your privacy. In this section, for example, you can find out in the settings of iOS 15 how often an app has used the permissions you granted (geolocation, tracking, camera, etc.).
Finally, Apple also introduced a new service called iCloud +, which is made available to all paid iCloud users. This service includes many features that aim to better protect your online privacy, such as allowing you to hide your browsing history (similar to a VPN).