Apple is always filing for patents. Recently, the United States Patent Office (USPO) published a new patent application for an Apple “Smart Dock.”
It seems to work with Siri, as it mentions “voice recognition.” It seems that it’s a way to increase the usefulness of Siri. At least that’s what website CultofMac seems to believe. That seems about right, based on the information from the patent.
It uses voice recognition to control various electronics, such as laptops, tablets, car keys and more.
The idea, however, is that it will always be available to listen. It will listen for special key words that activate actions. These would make devices around the house work when you speak commands.