Some different facts about Siri, In the Apple voice command platform, but many remain oblivious to some of Siri’s best features. As we mentioned, Siri is a built-in, voice-controlled personal assistant available for Apple users. The idea is that you talk to her as you would a friend and she aims to help you get things done, whether that be making a dinner reservation or sending a message.
Siri is designed to offer you a seamless way of interacting with your iPhone iPad, iPod Touch or Apple Watch by you speaking to her and her speaking back to you to find or do what you need. You can ask her questions, tell her to show you something or issue her with commands for her to execute on your behalf, hands-free.
Siri has access to every other built-in application on your Apple device – Mail, Contacts, Messages, Maps, Safari, etc – and will call upon those apps to present data or search through their databases whenever she needs to. Ultimately, Siri does all the leg work for you.
It means you can carry out a single task by just saying “Hey Siri” or double tapping the Home button, rather than open multiple apps or spend time writing messages or finding contacts.
1. What can Siri do?
Siri can do a lot. She’s pretty damn clever and sometimes she is quite funny too. If you want to get a giggle out of Siri rather than ask her to do something serious, then have a read of our separate feature that you can find here.
Otherwise, Siri can help you when you’re out and about, with sports and entertainment information, phone calls and messages, getting organised, tips and tricks and of course, giving you answers.
At a glance, she will read your last email, text your friend to tell them you’re running late, shuffle your road trip playlist on iTunes, let you know what films are playing today, find a table for three in London or call your dad at work. She can also tell you where a good Indian is nearby, flip a coin, find books by a specific author, set an alarm, give you directions and even set a reminder that will activate only when it recognises that you’re in, or have left, a certain location (“pick up dry cleaning”, when you leave work, for example).
That’s not all though, in fact it probably isn’t even half. She’ll tell you what the weather is like tomorrow, move meetings, tell you when the next game is for your team and you can even get her to roll a die, along with a series of other things such as teach her how to pronounce your name or tell her which of your contacts are family members. We told you she was pretty smart.
What is new with Siri in iOS 9?
Siri got even smarter with iOS 9. As well as everything we mentioned above, you’ll be able to ask Siri to get an app from the App Store, show you your selfies from New Year’s Eve, find pictures from your trip to New York or get public transit directions to the Guggenheim Museum for example.
The other big new addition is HomeKit. You’ll be able to create scenes with HomeKit and ask Siri to set them for you. For example, you could dim the living room lights and turn on the TV with one voice command.
2. How does Siri work on the Apple Watch?
Siri is activated on the Apple Watch by pressing and holding the Digital Crown or by saying “Hey Siri” within a few seconds of raising your wrist. From here, you can command Siri to do various tasks, as you can with the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, but as the screen is smaller, it depends on what you are asking as to how Siri on the Apple Watch responds.
For example, if you ask her to direct you somewhere, she will bring up the map on your Watch and you just press start to get going. Ask a more complicated question that requires a longer answer however, and Siri will open on your iPhone to complete the task.
Things such as opening an app, setting an alarm, calling your mum or finding out the score of your favourite team can all be done from the Watch though.
4. How does Siri work?
Siri is based on the fields of Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing, and it is comprised of three components – a conversational interface, personal context awareness and service delegation.
The conversational interface is about how Siri understands you in the first place. The general workings of the straight word-for-word voice re