The next iPhone will be able to decipher and answer your questions without you pressing any buttons to activate it, according to a source.
At the moment, unless the iPhone is charging, you need to open the personal assistant Siri to ask it a question. But with the iPhone 6S, you can just say “Hey Siri”, and it’ll answer all your queries.
This is referred to as “hotwording”, and works the same way as Google’s “OK Google” voice activation.
Say the key phrase, and you can search the web, set an alarm, look up directions, hear notifications, and more.
The feature was alluded to in Apple’s invite for the launch event tonight. It featured the phrase "Hey Siri, give us a hint."
The feature could be exclusive to the new iPhones, as current iOS 9 betas don’t have it built in.
The Apple Watch has a similar feature. While it’s not always monitoring for the key phrase, it will respond if the wearer raises their wrist to wake the device and says “Hey Siri”. So maybe it’s not all that surprising it’s coming to the iPhone.
Siri is said to be smarter in iOS 9. While reading an email, if you ask Siri to remind you about it later, it’ll know what you’re talking about and set a notification.
The Apple launch event kicks off at 6pm tonight. We’ll be all hands on deck to bring you the news as it breaks.