Let’s follow this rumor to its source.
Posted Friday on AppleWorld Today: “Investment firm predicts Apple will debut SiriOS at the 2020 WWDC“:
In a new report, the Mangrove investment firm predicts that Apple will release a SiriOS for its developer community at its 2020 Worldwide Developer Conference that “would accelerate innovation and adoption.”
From Mangrove Capital Partners: “Voice: Welcoming the next generation of disruptors”
It will be up to technology companies to respond to [privacy] concerns – something Apple has been doing particularly effectively. Its acquisition of Silk Labs, which develops on-device AI operating software that removes the need for cloud processing, was a shrewd move.
Apple has been less effective at building an ecosystem around voice. With its vision of the ‘Knowledge Navigator’, Apple’s voice strategy was more clearly articulated in 1987 than it is now. The voice community expects Apple to release a SiriOS for its developer community at WWDC 2020 which would accelerate innovation and adoption.
“A SiriOS is desirable for enabling innovation and is viewed by many as required to match the progress made by Amazon and Google with their voice assistants,” Bret Kinsella, Editor and Publisher at Voicebot.ai
From Bret Kinsella’s “What Apple Didn’t Announce at WWDC 2019,” posted June 4 on Voicebot.ai:
SiriOS: Think of Siri operating system (OS) as the equivalent of Alexa with the Alexa Skills Kit or Google Assistant with the Actions on Google development environment. It would be a standalone set of capabilities, integrations, and frameworks that enable the development of voice-only user experiences and for the interoperability with other computing environments.
Today, Siri is a feature within Apple’s iOS for mobile devices and to a lesser extent OSX for computers. Both of those operating systems were designed with a set of assumptions that are inconsistent with voice-first and voice-only user experiences.
A SiriOS is desirable for enabling innovation and is viewed by many as required to match the progress made by Amazon and Google with their voice assistants. Apple organized its WWDC keynote presentations in 2019 around four operating systems: tvOS, watchOS, iOS, and macOS. Many hoped that SiriOS would join them, but there is always 2020. [emphasis mine]
My take: If wishes were horses. Still waiting for Siri to catch up.
See also: The Information: Why Siri sucks