Apple released its first beta to iOS 8.3 last week, which will come with the obvious bug fixes and performance improvements, but it will also come with some big Siri improvements.
One big new feature that Siri will gain is an improved speaking voice in order to make her sound more natural. The video demonstrates the changes that Apple has made with Siri as far as the quality of her voice is concerned.
In the video, you’ll hear what Siri sounds like in iOS 8.1.1, followed by the new and improved Siri voice in the iOS 8.3 release.
Furthermore, Apple will add seven new languages to Siri with the iOS 8.3 update, which include Russian, Danish, Dutch, Thai, Turkish, Swedish and Portuguese. Siri will also gain support for specific accents from other English-speaking countries, like New Zealand.
On top of the Siri improvements, it’s said that iOS 8.3 will come with support for wireless CarPlay, which will be a treat since the feature has only worked over a wired connection while in the car.
There’s not much else to know about the iOS 8.3 update, other than that it will be released later this year, and a public beta program is expected to begin next month.
We’re also not sure why Apple is using iOS 8.3 to bring big Siri improvements, but it could be for the Apple Watch, which will rely heavily on Siri. However, iOS 8.2 needs to release first, and that’s the update that will come with official support for the Apple Watch.
iOS 8.2 will be a rather big update, mostly because it will be the first iOS 8 update to support the Apple Watch, as the betas have included the WatchKit software development kit thus far, allowing developers to create apps for the new wearable.
iOS 8 will also be the first version of iOS since 2010 to include a x.2 update, with the last time being on iOS 4 when Apple released iOS 4.2 as an update.
However, at the same time, it doesn’t like iOS 8.2 will be a very big update as far as new features and changes are concerned. The biggest new thing will be Apple Watch support, but that will obviously only be aimed at users who buy an Apple Watch when it releases at some point in April.
Although, we should expect the update to fix a lot of bugs and hopefully improve performance overall for iPhones and iPads, especially on older iOS devices like the iPhone 4s and the iPad 2, which are the oldest iOS devices that support iOS 8. For the most part, though, iOS 8.2 will be aimed at the Apple Watch.
The company announced the Apple Watch back in September at its iPhone 6 event, and while it didn’t provide every single detail about the new wearable, there are quite a few details that we know so far.
While the Apple Watch takes a handful of cues from other iOS devices, it’s a wearable that practically redefines iOS in its own way. For example, instead of using pinch-to-zoom on the tiny touchscreen on the Apple Watch, you use a small dial that you turn in order to zoom in and out while viewing maps or other content. Pressing the dial, which Apple calls the “digital crown,” will take you back to the home screen.
The user interface is still very iOS-like, though: you swipe to get different pieces of information, and swiping up from the bottom of the screen reveals customizable pieces of information, such as widgets. You can also look at your calendar from here and access your music.
The Apple Watch will come in three different models: Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport, and Apple Watch Edition, with two different sizes for each. There will also be six different straps to choose from, with a soft, quilted leather strap being an option, as well as a “supple” leather strap with a clasp, and even a stainless steel strap for the classy folks.