Siri May Soon Be Able to Search Your Photos


A new patent discovered by AppleInsider on Thursday entitled “Voice-Based Image Tagging and Searching” may give us an idea of what Apple has planned for Siri. The patent describes the ability to use your voice to search and tag photos saved on a device, like an iPhone or iPad.

When Apple released iOS 7, they brought the ability for users to sort photos based on time and location. The new patent shows that Apple may be planning to take it further.


Having a growing number of photos on your device could make searching for them increasingly more difficult. Apple’s implementation of this system could allow users to use their voice to search and tag photos based on location, people’s names, an activity, or an entity.

Apple’s system would also allow users to tag photos with their voice. In an example from Apple, a user could tell their device, “This is me at the beach,” and the corresponding picture would be tagged accordingly.

The system could then recognize people’s faces, buildings and landscapes to automatically tag similar photos. In another example presented by Apple, a user says to the device, “Show me photos of me at the beach,” and all the relevant photos would be displayed.

The patent, first made public this week, was originally filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in March 2013.