9to5Mac is reporting this weekend that a set of new strings found in the latest beta of iOS 7, could indicate that Apple may be working to enable Siri to work when a user’s device is ‘offline.’
“Based on what Apple is testing, future versions of iOS could allow an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to process and convert speech from a user right on the device itself. This would speed up the process considerably, allowing emails, text messages, notes, and web searches take place via voice quicker than ever,” Mark Gurman reports.
While the introduction of iOS 7 is set to bring with it the ability for Siri to perform some user requests without the need for an internet connection – (for example, “Siri, Turn on the flashlight.”), this new finding could see the company eventually take Siri’s ability to convert a user’s speech ‘offline,’ meaning the user wouldn’t have to rely on having an internet connection, and requests could (one day) be processed entirely on the device.
As it stands, the report notes that this functionality is “not active in public-facing builds,” but Gurman claims the site has been told that iOS devices being used internally by Apple “have the function up and running.”