updated 11:12 am EDT, Wed April 23, 2014
Set-top could follow in footsteps of Amazon Fire TV
Code contained in iOS 7.1 and 7.1.1 suggests that Apple is planning to bring Siri to the Apple TV. A PLIST file for Assistant -- an internal Apple name for Siri -- includes the Apple TV lineup under its collection of supported devices. Notably, though, no Apple TV to date has included the microphone that would be needed for Siri.
The code may therefore add to evidence that Apple is planning to release updated Apple TV hardware later this year. The set-top in fact appears highly likely to follow in the footsteps of Amazon's Fire TV, which includes a remote-triggered voice search function that speeds up searching for content. On the current Apple TV, typing in search commands is extremely laborious unless a person uses a connected keyboard or iOS device.
To what extent Siri might be implemented on the Apple TV is unclear. On iOS devices the technology is not only responsible for content searches, but controlling hardware options, loading apps, and retrieving data from the web. Apple may have to revamp its software interface in order to meet expectations.