It appears Siri is going back to school, as a report claims Apple has a secret office in Cambridge committed to improving the AI's diction.
A small team of less than 30 Apple staff have set up shop in an unmarked office near the University of Cambridge, just a short jaunt from the university's botanical garden, according to Business Insider (opens in new tab).
"So Apple employees like a walking campus," you say. "What does that have to do with anything?"
Well, the report claims that the secret Cambridge team features members of VocalIQ, a startup bought by Apple last year that works on vocal recognition software.
The company's goal could possibly be improving Siri's ability to understand everyday human speech - making it more natural to interact with, and cutting out that stilted style we often use when talking to computers.
The spoken heard
Apple isn't the only one picking up on this trend, as Google's own take on the personal AI, Google Assistant, is currently going through the motions to cut down latency and here and there to make conversations with the computerized companion more relaxed.
Google also made huge strides with its WaveNet technology, utilizing special phonetic tricks to make words spoken by a computer match the cadence and inflection of an actual, IRL human being.
Only time will tell if a better-sounding, better-listening Siri is on the horizon. In the meantime, see what happens when we pit Siri, Cortana, Google Assistant, and even Amazon's Alexa against each other in a fatal four-way competition: