Siri is gradually evolving to become an increasingly efficient assistant, partly also thanks to the appearance of accessories such as the HomePod that rely on voice commands to operate. But since its inception, Siri has always depended on an internet connection to work. And Apple may be rethinking this.
At AppleInsider they have located a patent that reveals that Apple is considering (or has considered in the past) that it is the devices that run Siri locally , something that was initially discarded due to the consumption required to do so.
At AppleA patent opens the door to the use of Siri as a method of identification
As implemented right now, Siri sends our order in completely anonymous and encrypted form to Apple’s servers. From there it is processed, a result is generated and returned to our device for execution. A “Siri Offline” would not send anything to Apple , saving the encryption of the data and running everything locally. Logically, information would be consulted online if required, but for the actual task of running Siri it would not be necessary.
We would gain even more in privacy, but we would lose resources such as storage and battery. However, the patent states that these resources would be saved thanks to the improvements that automatic learning would bring to the recognition of our orders. In addition, the power of the Apple-designed ARM processors is reaching such levels that perhaps the idea of a locally-run Siri would make much more sense.