Apple’s personal digital assistant Siri may someday be able to detect the difference between a whispered and regular speech, as well as whisper back when you need quiet.

Gizmodo yesterday highlighted a new patent application by the Cupertino technology giant which outlines a personal digital assistant that is capable of detecting a whispered speech input and providing a whispered speech response.

The filing describes the ability for Siri to detect the difference between a whisper and regular speech, as determined by measuring an input’s amplitude and frequency patterns.

Upon detecting that a user is whispering at her rather than using regular speech, Siri would also whisper back all of its replies. Note that Apple itself is using the term “whisper.” This feature could even identify the tone of your voice in order to respond in a similar tone.

This could be useful in a number of situations when you want to keep the noise level low by whispering, like conversing with Siri in a library, a movie theater or other places where speaking loudly may be prohibited or socially unacceptable.

The filing mentions whispering at Siri could even help protect your privacy and respect your coworkers while “working at a cubicle.”

Apple originally filed for this patent in 2016.

Let us know how you like this potential Siri feature down below in the comments!

  • David Gow

    Siri doesn’t even understand a quarter of what I say now lol. As far as I’m concerned Siri is at 50 per cent of what it could be.

  • justmewhoelse12

    I wish Siri could detect when I say – Hey Siri what time is it and tell me the time – instead of Siri offering the headlines for Time magazine. Good luck with that whisper. LOL

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    The other day I asked Siri who leads the NFL in Sacks and she thought I said Sex. Somehow she thought I was asking who the best team was and said the Patriots. Although to be fair, they probably DO lead the NFL in sex so Siri might’ve been right.