Watch Apple’s Siri blaze through requests with on-device processing


The move away from the cloud should make the assistant more private

During WWDC’s privacy section, Apple talked about moving Siri’s processing from the cloud to your device, using a “Neural Engine” built into Apple silicon. While having voice processing on your phone rather than on one of Apple’s servers is clearly better for privacy, it can also help speed up performance and reliability, as Apple demonstrated in its demo.

The power of on-device learning.

Now let’s see how fast it goes when I try it.

Compared to my demo, the Apple is definitely faster – partly because I don’t need to deactivate Airplane Mode every time I turn it on. (My phone still requires an internet connection for incoming requests, but the on-device model doesn’t.) Full disclosure: My demo took a while, and the first time the phone alerted me was to turn on Airplane The mode would make Siri inaccessible, and I had to tap the switch that turns it off, because I couldn’t do it with my voice.

Apple processing Siri requests on devices should help its users be more confident about the privacy of their data: Back in 2019, we learned that contractors were listening to some Siri requests, something they wouldn’t if Those requests were being handled by you. phone alone. While Apple eventually tried to correct that situation by being more transparent and opting-in to Siri Recording, handling more Siri requests on the phone is a good way to make the service a little more reliable.

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