The next iteration of the iPhone 4S’s Siri app could allow users to buy goods and services online with voice commands, it has emerged.
Signs that Apple plans to add shopping functions to the application emerged in a patent filing picked up on by the Cupertino-fixated chaps at Apple Insider, in which Siri’s future appears to be mapped out.
Particular emphasis is placed on the service's potential to help with online shopping. The list of goods the filing suggests it might be apt for includes “books, DVDs, music and the like” – implying that the feature will be restricted to low-ticket items initially.
Perhaps not surprisingly given Cupertino’s vice-like grip on third-party revenues, iTunes and iBooks are mentioned as destinations from which items will be purchased. More interestingly, though, Amazon is also mentioned as a potential partner.
News of Apple’s plans to develop Siri, which has had a somewhat mixed response in the UK, comes after the company posted a job notice for two developers to improve the app's feature set.
The ad also revealed Apple is looking to make Siri’s approach to interaction more “intuitive” to make it feel like users are having a conversation with a human being.