Remember Touch ID? It was all the rage a few years ago and then Apple killed it– literally– with Face ID; iPhone’s built-in facial recognition system. Touch ID and Face ID are the same kind of solution that Apple does best. Security and convenience.
Recent trends tell me we’ll see more such convenience and perhaps even more security in future iterations of iOS and, eventually, macOS. Voice recognition. There is no technical reason Apple does not have voice recognition for iPhone and iPad (or Mac; as if Apple cared about the Mac). Voice recognition has been around for decades.
Think about a trinity of security options that work instantly. Face ID. Touch ID. Voice ID. Lift up your iPhone, touch the screen for Touch ID, let Face ID scan your face, and speak a password code. Triple security all enabled and secured by a single somewhat more complex password that you seldom need to use.
Touch ID. Face ID. Voice ID.
There are problems in my prediction for the future. First, Touch ID likely is gone forever, replaced by the even more convenient and accurate Face ID. Apple doesn’t seem interested in Voice ID. Yet.
Another technology that Apple uses to make our devices more convenient is Siri, Siri’s actions, and Siri Shortcuts. Let me acknowledge that both voice commands and voice recognition– as far as Apple goes– is in its infancy.
Siri still cannot recognize my voice from my wife’s voice. Seriously? Face ID can recognize my face out of a million faces but iPhone, iPad, and Siri cannot recognize my voice vs. anyone else’s voice?
That’s just a wrong that needs to be righted.
Apple completed the purchase of Shazam; the iOS app that can recognize music. Play a song on your iPhone, or hold your phone near a song being played, and Shazam can recognize it out of millions of songs, many very similar. But Siri cannot recognize my voice from your voice.
Shazam, though, has technology that can recognize differences in sound frequencies, and Apple owns Shazam. How long before Siri begins to recognize our specific voices and will only act on commands with our voice. That explains why Villager Jeffrey wrote Shazam Is Not About Music.
When Siri begins to recognize a specific voice by name, doesn’t that add an extra layer of security to iPhone, iPad, and Mac?
Apple has a history of marrying complicated high technology with ease of use. We saw it in Touch ID. We see it in Face ID. Now we need to see it Siri.