Rumor: Apple Makes Over Siri for iWatch

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Source: iWatch Concept by Todd Hamilton

It was wearable tech, not the usual smartphones, that dominated the 2014 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Sony’s (NYSE:SNE) SmartBand, with its detailed life-logging capabilities, made an appearance, as did Samsung’s (SSNLF.PK) two smartwatches, the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. Motorola announced its plants to develop a smartwatch, and HTC expressed similar intentions. But the dominant player in mobile technology — the company that launched the mobile revolution with the iPhone in 2007 — has shed no light on its intentions. All that is known of Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) plans for wearable tech, a device nicknamed the iWatch, can be labeled a rumor. Still, rumors are abounding.

Apple plans for the device to allow a wider variety of people to engage with health monitoring rather than the small, data-obsessed demographic that typically uses such devices now. Given the prevalence of Apple’s smartphones and tablets, the large number of people already engaged with Apple’s interface, and the company’s success at making its devices intuitive and easy to use, it is likely that Apple will make health monitoring popular with the wider public. While Apple watchers do not expect the company’s intended uses for the iWatch to require approval from the Food and Drug Administration, Siri will have to be greatly altered.

Apple engineers are reportedly redesigning Siri so that the iOS voice-driven personal assistant can be integrated with third-party applications, a change that AppleInsider called “an improvement in services.” This latest rumor is courtesy of an article published Monday by tech blog The Information, which not only noted that this update will allow Siri to perform more advanced functions like book a hotel reservation, but that such an advancement is likely a necessity for the development of the iWatch.

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