iOS 7.1 Code Reveals New Apple TV may come with Siri voice control

According to a new report from 9to5mac, a new code has been discovered in iOS 7.1 and iOS 7.1.1 has revealed that Apple maybe working on a new Apple TV with Siri voice control support. This means that there is a big hope to see Siri in Apple's next generation TV..

9to5Mac reports:
The file is a supporting property-list resource for Assistant (Apple’s internal name for Siri), containing information about the feature. The UIDeviceFamily array declares what platforms are compatible with the feature.
As shown by Apple’s documentation, ’1′ and ’2′ represent the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad families. The ’3′ represents the Apple TV family
It’s the first time SDK files have declared Assistant to be compatible with Apple TV hardware. The reference does not exist in 7.0.6.
There have been rumors that Apple has been working on a television set, which could include Siri for extensive voice control rather than the conventional remote control. So the code references seem to be in line with that report.

Such a solution would replicate functionality of Amazon’s new Fire TV set-top box, which includes a physical remote with a built-in microphone, as illustrated below.

Fire TV’s remote control functionality with voice input is said to be part of Amazon’supcoming Fire TV companion app for iOS.

Steve Jobs was quote as telling his biographer Walter Isaacson that he’d “cracked the code” for TV. “It will have the simplest user interface you could imagine,” he said, leading pundits to speculate that voice input via Siri is part of Jobs’s TV vision.

So what do you think ?


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