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Some of the Ups and Down of Apple’s WWDC Keynote

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While I was very impressed with the quality and presentation of Apple’s WWDC presentation today, the actual content was a bit up and down. While the Mac was up big and iOS got it’s share of love, I have to say that iPadOS was unfortunately down. That’s the way it goes sometimes. Let’s take a look at some of the highs and lows in detail.

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Should Apple Get Into the Search Engine Business by Purchasing Duck Duck Go?

The suggestion was made earlier this week that Apple should buy the privacy-centered search engine Duck Duck Go. It came from Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi, who believes that the company can use such a move to keep the pressure on Google to continue to work with them in the future. They could also use the move to break away from Google and try to compete head-to-head with them. However, while Apple and Duck Duck Go have a shared interest in user privacy, I have my doubts that such a marriage is in either company’s best interest.

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Apple Makes Yet Another Acquisition to Help Siri. Will it Matter?

SiriNews of Apple’s latest Siri/AI/Machine Learning acquisition has been making the rounds this week. The most recent lucky new company, Inductiv, was developing systems to identify and remove errors in data sets to make machine learning and AI analysis easier. That was then. Now they are Apple’s latest acqui-hire.

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Apple Responds to Outcry Over Siri Grading

When you make privacy a brand, you have to make sure that your house is completely in order. While Apple still takes user data privacy more seriously than their competitors, that doesn’t mean they are beyond reproach. The world saw a great example of this a few days ago when we learned that third-party contractors were listening to recorded Siri interactions for grading purposes.

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Apple Poaches Another AI Expert From Google

Don’t look now, but Apple has hired another big name AI expert away from Google Brain. A year ago it was John Giannandrea who they managed to lure away from Sunnyvale. Now they have reportedly poached Senior Staff Research Scientist Ian Goodfellow, as well.

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Why Apple’s Acquisition of AI Voice Startup Pullstring is Important

If you are keeping up with the Apple news these days, then surely you’ve heard that services are the future growth area for the company. You’ve probably heard it everywhere and often, including right here. This is where the company projects to generate the additional revenue that the iPhone used to have covered before the smartphone market as a whole leveled off. Not even the mighty iPhone is immune to that, as we finally saw last quarter.

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Siri Shortcuts Have Curiously Left the Apple Watch out in the Cold

I’ll open by saying that I really like what Apple is doing with Siri Shortcuts overall. I think it’s a great next step beyond the original intent and design of Workflow, and it could end up being the boost that finally gets Siri on the right track. That by itself would be a huge accomplishment. However, all that said, I am not sure why the Apple Watch didn’t get a real invite to the party.

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Tips and Tricks: Did You Know Siri’s Voice and Language Settings are Separate?

Many of you reading this may think it is one of those moronically obvious iOS tips that is just a waste of everyone’s time. However, if like me, you have been using Siri since its unveiling in iOS 5 on the iPhone 4S, that may not be the case. Originally, Siri’s language and speaking accent were linked. This was pretty inconvenient for anyone looking for any variety because, if you changed your language, Siri would also listen for the same accent in return. Doing this would greatly reduce the accuracy of Siri, which was, well….

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Siri Improves in Loup Ventures Digital Assistant IQ Test, But Does it Matter?

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So Siri looks like it’s a little bit smarter this year than in April of 2017. At least that’s what Loup Ventures’ Annual Digital Assistant IQ Test tells us. Does this mean that Siri really is quantifiably better now than a few months ago? Probably? Maybe? Who knows? More to the point- does this test actually matter?

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Siri Shortcuts Has Great Potential, But Will It Be Realized?

While Apple is bringing us lots of handy and interesting new feature additions in iOS 12, it is Siri Shortcuts that shows the most potential to enhance how we use their mobile devices. This broard range of new features promises to bring AI and machine learning capability front and center for iOS users, give us more flexibility to create remote actions, and also give developers a better chance to integrate with Siri.

In short, Shortcuts has the potential to change the way we see and use Siri. That makes it a potential game-changer for Apple. However, right now it is still just potential. Will it be realized?

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WWDC Wishlist Part Four- iOS 12

We are now one week out from the WWDC Keynote, so the rumors should start to pick up a little in the coming days. As with all of the recent editions of this event, iOS is expected to be the star of the show. However, it’s a little harder to say how far the improvements will reach after Mark Gurman reported earlier this year that the bulk of new features have been pushed off until iOS 13, and that iOS 12 will be more centered on fixing bugs and increasing stability. According to this report, Apple will now focus on the next two years of iOS development at a time, rather than force-marching its engineers to meet constant and sometimes unrealistic one-year features delivery deadlines.

This move is disappointing in a way, because the report made reference to some BIG improvements that may have been on the roadmap for iOS 12 before Craig Federighi stepped in, including redesigned Home Screens for iPhone and the iPad. I’ve been wanting to see this for the last three years, so it was disappointing to see how close we were to finally getting them. However, in the long term, this is probably the right decision, and it should deliver us a consistently better and more stable iOS. So with this news from February fresh in our minds, what can we expect to see next week?

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