Apple adds individual voice recognition to "Hey Siri" in iOS 9

Nope, you can't run into a room filled with iPhones, shout "Hey Siri!" and cause a ruckus. Apple's personal digital assistant now responds to individual voices after a little training session.
Written by Kevin Tofel, Contributor

It didn't take long before Apple announced that Siri will be always listening on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus before the jokes started to make the rounds.

"Want to have some fun? Duck in to a Starbucks, shout "Hey Siri" and see what happens!"

That scenario might have caused some chaos for new iPhone owners, not to mention baristas, but it won't happen. That's because with iOS 9, Apple has added support for individual voice recognition in Siri.


I tested the feature using the latest iOS 9 beta on my iPad Air and it works just as you'd expect.

When enabling the "Hey Siri" function, iOS walks you through a brief voice training session. Simply say "Hey Siri" three times in a quiet location, answer a few questions, and the software learns your own unique voice.

After running through the steps and plugging in my iPad -- only the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus have the feature when not plugged in -- Siri responded to my commands and only my commands. My wife tried several times to activate Siri but no dice.

Other platforms have had this type of feature before, so it's not innovative by any means. In fact, it's overdue from that perspective. Regardless, it will make iOS devices a little more useful with voice recognition tailored to each individual user.

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