Apple may be working on the biggest update to Siri since the iOS digital assistant was introduced with the iPhone 4S. Xconomy reports that the company has covertly assembled a small group of leaders in speech recognition technology working out of its secretive Boston office near the MIT campus.
The report cites industry sources, and speculates that Apple’s Boston team is working on Siri based on “their online job profiles.” However, beyond that we have no idea what the company has in store for us, though Xconomy suggests that Apple may be working on its own speech-technology to replace Nuance’s major contributions to the current Siri.
Creating its own software from the ground up would certainly fit into Apple’s recent history. The company has made it clear that it’s happy to take a “my way or the highway” approach, most recently by replacing Google Maps with its own questionable app. The Boston office has apparently hired a number of former Nuance employees though, so hopefully the new Siri won’t be as big of a disaster as Apple Maps was at launch.