– iOS 18 is expected to bring AI-powered features to iPhones in 2024
– The iPhone 16 will have an upgraded microphone to enhance the Siri experience
– The microphone upgrade will improve the signal-to-noise ratio
– Apple is likely to integrate more AI/AIGC capabilities into Siri as a selling point for the iPhone 16
– On-device AI is becoming a key battleground for smartphones in 2024
– Siri started processing audio on-device in iOS 15 and is expected to continue with a more powerful version
– The rumor raises questions about how well AI-powered improvements will work on older iPhones
– The combination of new silicon and other AI features could make next year’s iPhones the only way to experience Apple’s AI capabilities
– AI will likely be a hardware-based differentiator for phone manufacturers
– The Samsung Galaxy S24 is expected to be branded as its first “AI phone”
– The exact features of the new voice assistants and on-device LLMs in 2024 are unknown, but the Pixel 8 Pro’s December features give an idea.
We’ve already heard that iOS 18 is likely to bring several AI-powered features to iPhones in 2024, and now a fresh rumor suggests that Apple plans to give the iPhone 16 an upgraded microphone to prepare it for a next-gen Siri.
The seasoned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims in a new blog post (via MacRumors) that a supply chain survey shows that “all iPhone 16 models will feature a significant upgrade in microphone specifications”.
The main upgrade will apparently be “a better signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) to improve the Siri experience significantly”, which Kuo suggests shows that Apple is likely to “integrate more AI/AIGC capabilities into Siri as a key selling point of the iPhone 16”.
This speculation follows earlier rumors from respected leaker Revegnus that Apple is using large language models (LLMs) to turn Siri into the “ultimate virtual assistant”. Apparently, the first demos of this new voice assistant tech are likely to happen at WWDC 2024.
On-device AI is shaping up to be the next big battleground for smartphones in 2024, following several years of competition focusing on cameras. The Pixel 8 Pro recently became Google‘s first AI phone, with an update that unlocks new features powered by Gemini Nano, the smallest version of Google’s new AI model.
Siri started processing its audio on-device by default in iOS 15 back in 2021, so Apple is likely to continue that trend even with a more powerful version of its voice assistant. While a lot of Siri’s current limitations are down to the tech under the hood, a new microphone would certainly help improve its reliability.
What does this mean for older iPhones?
The big question this rumor again raises is how well Apple’s AI-powered improvements, including a next-gen Siri, are going to work on older iPhones.
A microphone is only one small part of the voice assistant experience, and current iPhone mics are certainly capable enough to allow today’s iPhones to work with a future version of Apple’s Siri.
But the combination of new silicon – the iPhone 16 will likely inherit the A17 Pro chip from the iPhone 15 Pro, while the 16 Pro gets a new Apple chip – and other links in the AI chain like this rumored microphone could mean that next year’s iPhones could be the only way to experience whatever AI features Apple has in store.
That would certainly help Apple in its bid to convince us to upgrade, which is something that’s become harder for it to do in recent years. Smartphone sales have been on the slide, so AI will likely be a new hardware-based differentiator for the phone giants – with the Samsung Galaxy S24 likely to branded its first ‘AI phone’ when it lands next month.
Exactly what new features these new voice assistants and on-device LLMs will bring in 2024 remains to be seen, but the Pixel 8 Pro’s new December features drop gives us a good idea.
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According to a recent rumor from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone 16 will feature an upgraded microphone to enhance the Siri experience. The microphone will offer a better signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and is expected to integrate more AI capabilities into Siri, making it a key selling point of the iPhone 16. This speculation aligns with previous rumors that Apple is using large language models (LLMs) to transform Siri into the “ultimate virtual assistant.” The first demonstrations of this new voice assistant technology are expected to take place at WWDC 2024. On-device AI is becoming a significant battleground in the smartphone industry, with the recent release of Google’s Pixel 8 Pro, which incorporates AI-powered features. Siri has been processing audio on-device since iOS 15, and it is likely that Apple will continue this trend with a more powerful version of the voice assistant. While a microphone upgrade will improve Siri’s reliability, it raises questions about how well the AI-powered improvements will work on older iPhones. The combination of new silicon and other AI-related components in the iPhone 16 could make it the only way to experience Apple’s upcoming AI features. This move could help Apple boost its smartphone sales, which have been declining in recent years. The Samsung Galaxy S24 is also expected to be branded as the company’s first “AI phone.” The specific features that these new voice assistants and on-device LLMs will bring in 2024 are yet to be seen, but the recent features drop of the Pixel 8 Pro provides some insights into what may be expected.