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  • Apple Tweaking Siri To Assist in Mobile Shopping


    It was clear from the debut of iOS 5 that our new beloved personal assistant Siri has a lot of potential. And we're finally beginning to see what direction this potential may take in the near future.

    According to published reports Thursday, Apple's Siri may soon be updated to help users in their mobile shopping endeavors. More specifically, voice commands may be able to facilitate mobile-web based transactions.

    The reason for this newfound speculation comes on the heels of a patent application discovery this week by our friends at Apple Insider. Titled "Intelligent Automated Assistant," the application highlights how Siri may be used as a mobile shopping tool down the road.

    With e-commerce functionality added to Siri, a user could ask their iPhone to purchase a new song, album, TV episode or movie through Apple's iTunes Store. Similarly, transactions through the iBookstore or even the App Store could theoretically be initiated.
    Although the tech news space is buzzing about the anticipated forthcoming hardware releases from Apple, like the iPad 3, iPhone 5, and connected Apple HDTV, the most exciting developments are clearly going to originate from iOS as it grows more sophisticated. And Siri will definitely factor into this burgeoning software sophistication every step of the way.

    If you're in a hurry for this rumored new feature, all signs point to Apple being in a hurry too. According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the patent referenced above was first filed in January 2011. During the past year, it is believed that Apple has aggressively worked to prepare a number of significant Siri tweaks in time for iOS updates which may not be far off.

    Sources: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple Insider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Tweaking Siri To Assist in Mobile Shopping started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 11 Comments
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      lol cute responses!

      I like Siri however it is a real battery killer! I keep it shut off all of the time.
    1. LittleJob's Avatar
      LittleJob -
      Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
      lol cute responses!

      I like Siri however it is a real battery killer! I keep it shut off all of the time.
      if you are not using it.. it does not run in the background and kill battery life...
      i would check your other apps, and see whats running. I have never turned siri off, and i also have 2 exchange accounts setup to push mail all day, while on the wireless. All of these drain the battery significantly and it still lasts till about end of day.
    1. The6uest's Avatar
      The6uest -
      I agree with LittleJob. I haven't noticed Siri use up any more battery than normal. If you use Siri to set location-based reminders however, then I can see it using up more battery.

      I turned off all location services that I don't need or use.
    1. iliveudie's Avatar
      iliveudie -
      Hahaha. I love the demo conversation.
    1. iLoveWindows&iPhone's Avatar
      iLoveWindows&iPhone -
      Child picks up Dads phone...

      "Siri, please buy me 1000 pink ponies."

      Siri: "It looks like only 432 pink ponies r available for purchase, will this due?"

      Child: "Okay I'll take 432 ponies then, thank you Siri!!"

      Siri: "Order placed."
    1. Hondamaker's Avatar
      Hondamaker -
      Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
      lol cute responses!

      I like Siri however it is a real battery killer! I keep it shut off all of the time.
      I use Siri a lot, and my battery life is awesome. Maybe its another app?
    1. bigliquid530's Avatar
      bigliquid530 -
      Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
      lol cute responses!

      I like Siri however it is a real battery killer! I keep it shut off all of the time.
      Of that's the case I'll trade you my JailBroken I4 then you never have to worry about Siri.... LOL
    1. liverjello's Avatar
      liverjello -
      Anyone know when the navigation capabilities are going to be available in canada?
    1. MaStA819's Avatar
      MaStA819 -
      Why doesn't Apple tweak Siri so my fully capable iPhone 4 can utilize it?
    1. metaserph's Avatar
      metaserph -
      Quote Originally Posted by MaStA819 View Post
      Why doesn't Apple tweak Siri so my fully capable iPhone 4 can utilize it?
      Soon as they figure how much to charge you.
    1. harmycl's Avatar
      harmycl -
      I lolled.