Siri is about to ditch Nuance
The Rumor: Apple is building its own voice recognition software .
The Verdict: They better be. If voice messaging is going to play a big roll on iOS and iWatch, Siri needs to get a lot better at understanding what people are saying, and the best way for Apple to do that is make its own neural network engine.
Apple has been licensing Nuance's voice-recognition software since Siri launched in 2011, but it’s used by Samsung and others too. To be more competitive with Google and Microsoft's tech, Apple needs a neural-boosted Siri, and looking at Apple's string of hires, it could land as soon as 6 months from now.