“On October 4, 2011, Apple launched the iPhone 4S with Siri just one day prior to Steve Jobs passing,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“Today, the first killer patent application behind Siri was published by the US Patent and Trademark Office,” Purcher reports. “It’s clear that Apple’s breakthrough technology is destined to go far beyond the iPhone and into devices like the iMac and a future HDTV.”

Purcher reports, “The patent also reveals that Apple envisions the technology playing a role in vehicles and in-vehicle entertainment systems where an Intelligent Assistant will be considered the king of user interfaces. Apple’s patent shows us that Siri will be able to be configured to work with various new scenarios and even act as an instructor when we purchase future devices. Forget using a manual – as Siri will simply teach us what we’ll want to know about our new devices when we’re ready to ask it a question about a new function or feature.”

Much more in the full article here.