Apple’s iPhone 4S was unveiled last week and the most intriguing new feature is Siri.
Siri is a voice activated intelligent assistant that understands what you say and determines what you mean. For example, you can ask Siri “Do I need an umbrella?” Siri will give you your local forecast.
Siri currently only works on the iPhone 4S. It will set reminders, sent texts, send emails, set alarms, give directions and more.
Apple analyst Shannon Cross, wrote last week;
One interesting application of the Siri technology would be with Apple TV (either the existing device or actual TV’s that Apple may launch). We think this would solve the industry’s difficulties with remote controls… We think it would be very compelling to own a TV or a device that could quickly answer the request, “I want to watch the Yankees/Red Sox game,” by changing the TV channel without requiring the user to look at a guide or use a remote control, or even specifying HD or standard definition feeds, since you would want the HD channel if available. Or, you could instruct the device to record all new episodes of a show, without leaving the program you are currently watching. Finally, since you are online, a Siri enabled TV could answer whether your iPhone or computer has received a new message, and let you respond accordingly.
As 9to5Mac discovered recently, there is currently code in iOS 5 that indicates Apple is working on a Apple TV 3. The next generation of Apple TV will likely contain Apple’s dual core A5 chip, as does the iPhone 4S.
Siri could greatly enhance Apple TV but other than an analyst speculating, there is not any direct evidence that Apple is planning on adding Siri to Apple TV. However, it does make sense that Apple will want to take advantage the Siri technology and include it in other Apple products.