Apple’s Siri could soon talk in a whisper

“Apple wants Siri, its personal digital assistant, to be able to respond to your input with a whisper,” Dennis Sellers reports for Apple World Today. “The company has filed for a patent (number 201922666) for a ‘digital assistant providing whispered speech.'”

Apple’s summary: Systems and processes for detecting and/or providing a whispered speech response are provided. In one example process, speech is received from a user, and based on the speech input, determined that a whispered speech response is to be provided. Upon determining that a whispered speech response is to be provided, the whispered speech response is generated and provided to the user.

Sellers reports, “pple says that it’s important that a device ‘recognizes the user’s whispered speech, which may vary from normal speech, and provide a whispered speech response under these circumstances.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: This would be perfect for students studying in the library, or for a patient in a doctor’s waiting room, for just a couple of examples.


  1. A personal security feature when notifying the police about the home invasion robbery and not alerting the robbers while hiding in the closet. Only Apple!

  2. Setting: evening, at a busy household. Mr. Intelligent User arrives home from work.

    Mrs. User: “Oh you’re just in time dear, the dinner’s on the table now!”

    User Jr: ” Hi Dad, we’re having my favourite curry tonight!”

    Siri: “I’m sorry, I didn’t understand that. But Wikipedia says that …”

    Intelligent User [in a hushed tone]: “Siri, please remove yourself entirely from my phone.”

    The End

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