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Apple Sent Siri To School To Improve Her Speech

Reports state that Apple has a secret office in Cambridge, which Apple has employed the VocallQ company to assist in giving Siri more of a natural speech.

Well it seems Apple is making some updates to Siri’s voice, the latest reports say that Apple would like to give Siri more of a natural speech when communicating. Siri handles 2 billion voice request each week and responds to just as many sentences per week as well. Apple states that Siri’s voice in iOS 11 is totally new.

It seems the change began last year when Apple sent Siri to the VocallQ company, which by the way, Apple purchased this company back in 2015. The company used a software program design to improve the vocal communication between humans and computer intelligence. My best way of describing Siri’s transformation is Siri underwent a form of brain transplant, similar to having surgery. The company started by applying machine learning to the natural language process, by doing this, the company observed an improvement in Siri’s speech.

Siri’s voice still starts with snippets of recorded audio, but the company has incorporated deep learning and neural networks, which basically seeks to replicate the way brains function and learn. Apple wanted Siri to sound natural in speech, so humans using sentences spoke into its Machine Learning system, and incorporated breath pauses, voice rise and fall in a sentence, and included emphasis and intonation in the speech pattern as well. Apple’s goal is to make Siri more conversational in the near future.

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Borderline ridiculous rumor says Google Assistant can replace Siri on the iPhone 8

iPhone 8 Rumors

Allowing a competitor to take over a crucial iPhone feature sounds like something Apple would never do. Ever. Especially if that competitor is Google. But a new report says it's happening, claiming that Google Assistant may be set as the default voice assistant on iPhone 8, replacing Siri.

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Siri Vs Google Assistant

Ahead of WWDC 2017, there were rumors indicating that Apple with iOS 11 was going to introduce a completely enhanced and revamped version of Siri. Specifically, it was reported that the next-gen version of Siri was not only going to be better at making sense of user queries but that Siri's capabilities would be expanded as well. Alas, Apple executives had so much ground to cover during the WWDC keynote that there wasn't much time spent on Siri at all, though we did see a nifty little demo highlighting Siri's ability to translate queries into a handful of different languages.

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Listen to Siri’s More Natural Voice in iOS 11

Siri gets smarter in every new version of iOS, and iOS 11 is no exception. This year, Siri has been improved with advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence, giving the personal assistant a much more natural, expressive voice.

As you'll hear in the video, Siri sounds more human, adopting better pronunciation and different inflection depending on what's being said. There are also a lot of other improvements, which are covered in our Siri video and in the post below.

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In iOS 11, Siri uses on-device learning across all of your devices to get a more complete picture of your interests, preferences, and routines. Because Siri now syncs across multiple devices, Siri learns more about you and your interactions with Siri are always the same regardless of whether you're using an iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

Siri can now do things like suggest a topic you might like in Apple News based on Safari browsing habits, or suggest a Calendar reminder for an appointment you've booked in Safari. Siri might also make QuickType word suggestions based on things you've recently viewed -- names of movies or places, for example.

Siri has built in translation capabilities in iOS 11 and can translate English to Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish, plus with music enhancements implemented for HomePod, Siri can play music you like and offer up answers to music-related queries like "What song is this?" or "Who's the drummer in this band?" when you're listening to music.

You can even type to Siri using a new "Type to Siri" Accessibility option. This makes it easier to communicate with Siri when speaking isn't an option.

For more on Siri and the rest of the new features coming in iOS 11, make sure to check out our iOS 11 roundup. Stay tuned to MacRumors, because we have more videos coming on iOS 11, watchOS 4, and macOS High Sierra.

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How to screenshot your iPad or iPad Pro

iOS makes it incredibly easy to screenshot your iPad or iPad Pro — and iOS 11 will take it to the next level.

iPad Screenshots are great for capturing and sharing epic victories from your games, great moments from your videos, funny conversations on social networks like Snapchat or Facebook, feedback on your projects, bugs you want to report, or almost anything and everything you see on your screen. Because the iPad Pro, iPad, and iPad mini screens are so big, there's a lot you can share!

Coming soon with iOS 11, you'll be able to instantly markup and share your iPad screen caps as well!

How to screenshot you iPad

  1. Launch the app (or apps in split view/picture-in-picture) you want to screenshot.
  2. Arrange the app (or apps) exactly the way you want them to appear in the screenshot.
  3. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake (on/off) button on the top of your iPad.
  4. Quickly click the Home button at the bottom of the screen.

  5. Release the Sleep/Wake (on/off) button after the screen flashes white and, if audio is on, you hear the camera shutter sound.

Holding the Sleep/Wake button an instant before tapping the Home button will minimize the chances of accidentally activating Siri or, if you're trying to screenshot the lock screen, blowing through it with Touch ID. Just be quick about it, or you'll pull up the power-off screen.

How to access your iPad screenshots

Once you have your screenshots, it's easy to get to them for editing, markup, sharing, or anything else.

  1. Launch the Photos app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on Albums.
  3. Tap on Screenshots.

You can also find your screenshots in the main Photos and Camera albums but you'll have to scroll through everything else as well.

iOS 11 and screenshots

In iOS 11, screenshots linger in thumbnail form at the bottom left of the screen for a few moments after you take them. From there, you can enter Instant Markup.

How to use Instant Markup in iOS 11

How to take screenshots with iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and Mac

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