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iPhone 16 models rumored to feature upgraded microphones for updated Siri iOS 18

by Joe Rossignol

The iPhone 16 models will feature upgraded microphones with a higher signal-to-noise ratio than previous models, allowing the devices to hear your voice more clearly, according to Haitong analyst Jeff Pu. This update should improve the accuracy of Siri, which is expected to be enhanced with generative AI features in iOS 18 later this year.


In a research note earlier this month, Pu said that some of iOS 18's generative AI features will likely be limited to iPhone 16 models due to updated microphones and the A18's larger Neural Engine. and A18 Pro chips for devices. Both of these hardware changes have been rumored from other sources, making them more likely.

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo previously said that updated microphones on iPhone 16 models could “significantly improve the Siri experience.” In addition to a higher signal-to-noise ratio, he said, the new microphones will have improved water resistance.

During an earnings call earlier this month, Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed that the company is working over generative technology. AI and will share details “later this year.” In addition to Siri, iOS 18 is rumored to add new generative AI capabilities to Spotlight, Shortcuts, Messages, Apple Music, Numbers, Pages, Keynote, Health, etc.

Apple is expected to announce iOS 18. at WWDC in June, and the update should be released to all users in September along with the iPhone 16 series.

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