“Apple wants Siri to be able to work when you don’t have an online connection. The company has filed for a patent (number 20180330731) for an ‘offline personal assistant’ for an offline mode that wouldn’t require on a backend server to assist with Siri’s functions,” Dennis Sellers reports for Apple World Today.
“In the patent filing, Apple says that, typically, a conventional automated digital assistant of an electronic device must rely on a backend (e.g., server-side) component to function, often due to computational limitations of the electronic device. As an example, speech-to-text functionality is often performed and/or validated by the backend component,” Sellers reports. “As another example, the backend component is typically responsible for interpreting intent from a speech input and/or operationalizing the intent into a task.”
Seller reports, “The tech giant wants Siri to be able to perform tasks such a speech-to-text processing, dialog processing, and more to happen on the iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple Watch hardware.”
Read more, and see Apple’s patent application diagram, in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: As Apple SoCs become ever more powerful, this is inevitable.