The Amazon Fire TV may not be the only streaming TV with voice search. Several reports have long suggested that Apple is gearing up to release a brand new TV with new features, including possibly access to some sort of cable TV content following an agreement with Comcast. Today, however, new details surfaced suggesting that Apple is also working to integrate its Siri voice assistant into Apple TV.
A developer named Pierre Blazquez recently noticed that there’s tidbit of code inside iOS 7.1 and iOS 7.1.1 , the latter of which was just released to the public yesterday, that references the number ’3,’ an identifier that Apple typically uses for its Apple TV product, 9to5Mac explained. That wouldn’t typically be a big deal, except the identifier for Apple TV was spotted by Blazque inside of Siri resources for iOS 7.1. That suggests that Apple is working to build the support in for its set-top box, too — otherwise there’s really no need to reference Apple TV inside the Siri code.
Siri could be used for anything once it’s built into Apple TV. The most obvious seems to be for searching across Apple TV apps, navigating to stations (if a deal with Comcast is indeed sealed), querying the Web for weather information, searching for music and more. Unfortunately, there’s still no information on when the new Apple TV box may hit the market.
Here’s a look at the code posted by Blazquez: