Siri must be better for Apple Watch Series 6 to be truly great

Apple is set to unveil the new Apple Watch Series 6 this week. It is also rumored to make a new, low-cost version of the Apple Watch instead of dropping the price on an older model. The new Series 6 is rumored to add other health features such as blood oxygen monitoring, while watchOS 7 will bring sleep tracking and yet more fitness options.

The Apple Watch is, without a doubt, a health device. I look forward to seeing how Apple announces a facility like blood oxygen monitoring – something that is on everyone’s mind during an epidemic.

The Apple Watch has clearly worked on what it did and didn’t do. It is a good health monitoring tool that can serve as an early warning system for some conditions. this is No Not to be used as a medical device and your only health device if you are at risk for the things that the Apple Watch sees. Apple has never talked about the difference (and I believe never will) – but right now it is more important than ever that consumers understand that difference.

Anyway, I’m glad Apple Watch finally found its place. For the first few years there, it was not entirely clear what it was for and it was even less clear that Apple had a good answer. Instead, it had many answers. And as this year’s Apple Watch refresh approaches I’m thinking of one of the answers that hasn’t passed: ambient computing.

Last column for my friend Walt Mossberg The ledge Entitled “The Disappearing Computer” and it was about that idea, ambient computing. Back in 2017 we didn’t have a clear definition for it (and frankly, it’s hard to pin it down now), but Walt had a good working model for some hints that it has come up with:

Technology, the computer inside all these things, will fade into the background. In some cases, it may disappear completely, waiting to be activated by voice command, a person entering the room, a change in blood chemistry, a change in temperature, speed. Maybe even just a thought.

We will leave reading Elon Musk for now. For the rest, this Apple Watch is not far from what it can do today. The Apple Watch is clearly a computer designed all the time on your body, to blend in the background and be invisible, and to get your voice commands.

The Apple Watch, not the HomePod, should be Apple’s primary tool for ambient computing. It is better suited for work that sells now than any other company’s equipment. Amazon and Google’s smart speakers are sitting in your home, but they haven’t found an ambient computing football outside your home. Sure, you may have Google Assistant on your phone or in your headphones, but it’s still a lot more phone-focused.

By now you have already guessed the fly in this ointment: Siri. Apple’s digital assistant may not be the only platform needed to unlock ambient computing. Alexa and Google Assistant aren’t quite ready either, to be fair, but they are both much further down that path than Siri.

The man most likely tasked with closing that gap is John Giannandria, who led search and artificial intelligence on Google until Apple overthrew him in 2018. Gianandria talked recently Ars Technica And he revealed that he implemented machine learning in the iPad’s Apple Pencil Recognition Algorithm, so that it had lower latency and better detection handwriting – something that was already done with Chrome OS and Samsung did with the Galaxy Note Had started doing it.

On the iPad, it works: both latency and handwriting recognition are much better than before. The “Scribble Mode” in iPadOS 14 isn’t enough for the task of completely replacing the keyboard, but it is great for small bits of text.

I bring this up not to draw a line from this application of ML for generalized ambient computing, but to explain that much can be done with ML and AI tools already in everyone’s technical workspace. They just need to be implemented in new and clever ways. Using ML to improve handwriting and latency on the iPad is not a sea change, but instead it is a step in the right direction.

Stepping in the right direction is what Siri needs right now. Even on the new beta for watchOS 7, I still can’t ask Siri to do something basic like a multiple timers set. This is really funny! If you set a second timer, the first one invisibly cancels without any prompting. It keeps an eco dot in my kitchen.

Harping on multiple timers in Siri – and harping on Siri in general – can be seen as making very small complaints. But on the flip side, Apple is Well aware This complaint has been made for some time, and has not yet been decided.

He is upset, clearly. Apple can – and regularly adds great new capabilities to Siri. But never will anyone discover those abilities if Siri basically echoes the basics on a regular basis. And it still does.

The first Apple Watch was like Siri’s first beta: a mess. The Apple Watch has never had a moment where it was “fixed”, but rather fixed through gradual repetition and improvement over time. In theory, the same should apply to Siri, but it has not happened at the same speed.

Although Siri is not where it needs to be, the Apple Watch is still the best smartwatch in the market by a large margin. But if Siri can do more, Apple Watch could be something else. The era of ambient computing is still coming. Will Siri be ready?

Towards the end of my interview with Ars, Giannandrea spoke of hiring new talent for his team. “I think the biggest problem I have is that we have many ambitious products that we can’t talk about and so it’s a bit of a sales challenge to tell someone, ‘Come and work on the most ambitious thing’ But I can’t tell you what it is. ”

It looks great, but my advice is to start talking sooner rather than later. And the “thing” I want to see is actually action: new features for Siri that reach through the relentless improvement of the people who are trying to use Siri for today.. And hey, maybe let’s start with the timer.

A rare Monday newsletter is in part today because I was thinking about the Apple Watch and in part because last night was a night of tech news! Nvidia announced that it would buy the arm and Oracle is reportedly not buying Tiktok, but would become a “trusted technology partner”.

Apple news

4 What to expect from Apple’s ‘Time Flies’ event: Apple Watch Series 6, a redesigned iPad Air, and more. Jay Peters rounds out the most likely suspects. High Prospect: New Apple Watches and New iPad Air. Medium: Apple’s new services bundle. Less: Everyone else.

4 Apple Music for Android mentions bundle of rumored ‘Apple One’ services.

4 Apple’s new App Store guidelines have plugged in for xCloud, Stadia and other apps that Apple blocked. These are not so much flaws as they are narrow tunnels filled with spikes and poisonous tentacles. Let me make these more clear what any meaningful change in Apple’s current policy stance is.

4 Microsoft launches Apple’s olive branch to gaming: ‘a bad experience for customers’.

Technology related news

4 Nvidia acquiring Arm for $ 40 billion. Kim Leone on Blockbuster Deal:

The company said that Arm would operate as a division of Nvidia and have its headquarters in the UK, and would “continue to operate its open-licensing model while maintaining its global customer neutrality.” But the deal is still likely to face intense regulatory scrutiny.

4 Oracle reportedly inked deal for Tiktok’s US operations as ‘trusted tech partner’. Hopefully by the time you are reading this, we will have more details, but the way there was a lot of sound and fury, it was heading towards that and it seems like a small deal that Everyone is expecting.

The company has instead been selected as a “trusted technical partner”. This is different from an external sale, and suggests that Oracle will help run TikTok’s US operations with its cloud technologies.

4 Microsoft says it is not acquiring TikTok after rejecting ByTDance’s offer. Here Microsoft’s statement is very important, where it is not hard to think that some sort of xinigon led it.

4 Samsung may announce event of September 23 for Galaxy S20 ‘Fan Edition’. Chris Welch:

Most recently, the undeclared phone was found on Verizon’s website Android police. Leaks and rumors have suggested that it will retain some of the hardware specs of the standard S20 – such as a 120Hz display and Snapdragon 865 processor – but a downgrade elsewhere (such as 1080p resolution) to help bring down the price below the flagship Will make As for exactly what that price would be, we are not sure yet.

4 Facebook reestablished Facebook with the launch of campus for college students. Ashley Carman:

Campus may be one way Facebook tries to keep students and young people on the original Facebook app and persists for a long time. At the same time, it is shutting down behavior Facebook says it has already seen on the platform.

4 Bose announced $ 279 QuietComfort Earbuds and $ 179 Sport Earbuds. They are here. Chris Welch has the details, the most interesting of which is that Bose has been peaking in 11 levels of noise cancellation in these small earbuds. I will be happy that I am happy with it.

4 Bose introduces three new pairs of Frames Audio sunglasses for $ 249. You know I know I’m shocked Bose Inn keeps making – they should sell very well!

Gaming news

4 Sony announces PS5 event on Wednesday 16 September. We should get a price in the end.

4 Your move, PS5. Sean Hallister:

But Sony has no reason to go back now that Microsoft has revealed its hand. The question is how low should Sony go, how low can it be, because while the PS4 is as strong and once as weak as the Xbox, $ 299 is an incredible starting price that seems impossible to meet or beat.

4 A closer look at Nvidia’s new RTX 3080.

4 First Look at Microsoft’s New Xbox Series X Console. Microsoft sent Tom Warren some dummy units of its upcoming Xbox console. Yes, it is very big.

4 Microsoft’s new Xbox Series S is surprisingly small in size and price. Of the two boxes, the Series S is more attractive because it is actually quite small. I hoped that I would have a no brainer to get the Series X, but now I am torn.

4 Welcome to the next generation of gaming. Xbox and Playstation is exciting, but even if you’re not into PC gaming, you should keep an eye on imminent reviews of Nvidia’s new high-powered graphics card. If it meets Nvidia’s claims it could be the driver of a whole new generation of other PC components – starting with the monitor.


4 Microsoft Surface Duo Review: Double Trouble. My review of the Surface Duo, with a video I’m really proud of. Microsoft is not far off from a great start here, I have to be honest. But even though it has stopped at software bugs and camera problems, it is moving in the right direction.

4 Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 Review: a gaming laptop that does not require two screens. The turn to make a dual-screen gaming PC is just as difficult as making a dual-screen phone. Monica Chin reviews:

For example, if you run tomb Raider Try to click on a disc chat in full-screen mode and below, it reduces the game. You can fix this problem by using window mode, but tampering with the screenpad still ejects you.

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