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iOS 15.5: Siri now evaluates many voice commands locally on the iPhone and iPad

iOS 15.5: Siri now evaluates many voice commands locally on the iPhone and iPad
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Anyone who, after reading Apple’s rather short update notes, believed that iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5 didn’t bring too many innovations with them was gradually taught otherwise in the days after the release of the new system version. Among other things, there were improvements to the shortcuts, Apple simplified payment with Apple ID credit (see ) and also closed a large number of security gaps (see ). Probably the most serious change, however, has only just become known – and it affects Siri, the language assistant from Cupertino.

Siri no longer needs an internet connection for some commands
So far, Siri has always had to rely on an active internet connection in order to be able to evaluate instructions. The voice commands had to be analyzed in Apple’s cloud and converted into text. In addition, for improvement purposes, certain language snippets are analyzed by employees, i.e. real people, if allowed. After the update to iOS 15.5 or iPadOS 15.5, such contact is no longer necessary in many cases: on all smartphones and tablets from Cupertino that have at least one A12 Bionic, the voice analysis is now carried out locally, i.e. on the device itself Apple announced in a background discussion with CNET. So if you own an iPhone XS, iPhone XR or a newer device, your requests and commands to Siri will no longer end up on the Californian company’s servers in the first run. So Apple has significantly improved data protection with its in-house language assistant, thus defusing one of the main points of criticism that has not only been directed against the service from Cupertino for years.

Apple is expanding the app privacy report
With the help of Siri, notes can now be taken, alarms set or timers set up without Apple’s servers being involved in these processes. It is also possible to call up apps locally, as well as to create reminders. However, the local evaluation of commands naturally always finds its limits when they require access to Internet services. This applies, for example, to web searches, certain smart home controls or commands related to streaming services. According to Apple, the new feature not only improves the protection of personal data, but also speeds up the execution of commands in many cases. The Californian company has also expanded the app data protection report in iOS/iPadOS 15.5. This now includes additional information about which applications accessed the camera and/or microphone and when.

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