Apple might be trying to replace Siri’s Nuance-powered engine with a homemade one
So, why does the Cupertino-based colossus hire these individuals in the first place? Well, Peter Lee, the head of Microsoft's research division, claims that Apple is currently trying hard to make its own, home-brewed speech recognition engine for Siri, which will be using a self-learning neural network, capable of pattern recognition and anticipating user queries. This would put Siri on par with Google, IBM, and Microsoft – Google Now already makes use of a similar deep-learning technology, whereas Microsoft is also working on such a neural network, which will reportedly bring a real-time translation feature to Skype later in 2014.
But is keeping up with the Joneses the real reason behind Siri's alleged change of heart? Although it seems like a logical evolutionary step, numerous reports claim that Samsung, one of Apple's arch-rivals, might be trying to acquire Nuance, which is not only providing the speech recognition engine for Siri, but for Samsung's S Voice as well. This said, it is highly-probable that Apple is already trying to break free from Nuance and develop an advanced speech recognition engine for Siri on its own.
As you probably know, iOS 8 will bring some really nice features to Siri this fall, such as always-listening (provided that you have already launched the assistant in the first place) and music-recognition capabilities, to name a few. iOS 8 couldn't arrive sooner.
source: AppleInsider, Wired via 9To5Mac