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iPhone 16 tipped to get better mics, boosting Siri’s AI capabilities; Know what’s coming

The iPhone 16 series could feature enhanced microphones with a higher signal-to-noise ratio, which could give the AI capabilities of Siri a major boost, a report suggests.

| Updated on: Feb 22 2024, 14:51 IST
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Check Apple's next step in AI Integration, with enhanced mics boosting Siri’s AI capabilities on the iPhone 16. (Unsplash)
Siri on iPhone
Check Apple's next step in AI Integration, with enhanced mics boosting Siri’s AI capabilities on the iPhone 16. (Unsplash)

The upcoming iPhone 16 series is expected to usher in a new era of artificial intelligence (AI) integration courtesy of iOS 18, which rumored to introduce a slew of AI features. Among the enhancements, the top-end iPhone 16 Pro Max and iPhone 16 Pro are anticipated to showcase exclusive AI capabilities, potentially centered around the optimization of Siri. To complement this advancement, reports suggest that Apple will equip the iPhone 16 line with superior microphones compared to its predecessors.

Improved Microphone Technology

According to Jeff Pu (via MacRumors), an analyst at Haitong International Securities, the microphones in the iPhone 16 series are set to deliver a higher signal-to-noise ratio than those found in the current iPhone 15 models. This upgrade aims to enhance voice clarity, enabling Siri to better understand commands and provide more accurate responses. With an anticipated overhaul of Siri's AI capabilities, the improved microphones are poised to elevate the user experience significantly.

Validation from Previous Reports

This revelation echoes earlier claims made by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who highlighted similar advancements in microphone technology late last year. Kuo emphasized that all variants of the iPhone 16 lineup, including the standard iPhone 16, iPhone 16 Plus, iPhone 16 Pro, and iPhone 16 Pro Max, would feature upgraded microphones. Additionally, Kuo suggested that these microphones would boast enhanced water resistance, aligning with Apple's commitment to durability and performance.

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The Impact on User Experience

While improved microphones could enhance voice calls, the primary focus appears to be on optimizing Siri's functionality through AI-driven upgrades. Consequently, users may need an iPhone 16 device to fully experience the potential of iOS 18's AI features, despite their integration into the operating system itself. As Apple continues to innovate in the realm of AI, the iPhone 16's microphones signify a strategic step toward delivering an immersive and intuitive user experience.

While these reports warrant cautious optimism, the credibility of the sources lends credence to the potential advancements in microphone technology for the iPhone 16 series. As the launch date approaches, users can anticipate discovering the true extent of the iPhone 16's capabilities, including its enhanced microphones.

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First Published Date: 22 Feb, 14:51 IST