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Apple patents hint at Siri-powered smart replies if you can’t answer your phone

This means that Siri will take into account, the location, if your iPhone is in the Do Not Disturb mode and who is calling to create custom replies.

  • Published: May 25, 2018 1:06 PM IST
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Apple may be working on a new feature where its virtual digital assistant Siri may keep track of context to the smartphone to create custom responses. This means that Siri will take into account, the location, if your iPhone is in the Do Not Disturb mode and who is calling to create custom messages that are specific to the situation. This means that Siri will be able to send custom responses to a predefined list of users if you are not available to answer the call. This increase the scope and accuracy of the responses than the predefined messages.

The details of this possible feature were revealed in a new patent application where Siri would open Apple Maps and then take the location including the street and the estimated time of arrival to the destination to suggest a smart reply. Another example as part of the patent application shows Siri recognizing the caller as the boss and then presents similar smart-based smart responses instead of mentioning the word “home”. Most of the examples in question include integration with Apple CarPlay.

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As mentioned previously, if your iPhone is in Do Not Disturb mode as you start driving then Siri would automatically detect that and inform future callers about the reason that you are not able to receive the call.

This is similar to the “Reply” app that Google is working on to offer “smart replies”. We are not sure if Apple is actually working on a real-world implementation or it has simply filed a patent to ensure that no third party app mimics the functionality.

  • Published Date: May 25, 2018 1:06 PM IST