Did you know your iPad comes with a personal assistant? Siri is quite capable of scheduling events, setting reminders, counting down a timer and even booking reservations at your favorite restaurants.
.The assistant first appeared on the iPhone 4S and it was described by Apple as the best thing on the iPhone during the launch presentation. As well as on iPhone, Siri is also available on iPad, iPod touch, Apple Watch, HomePod and the Mac (macOS Sierra and later).
To activate Siri on an iPhone, press and hold the home button for two or three seconds, then release. Siri will activate and accept voice commands
. For some iPads, “Hey Siri” will only work when the iPad is connected to a power source, and some older models do not have access to “Hey Siri” at all.
What Should I Ask Siri?
Siri is designed as a human language personal assistant.You can experiment by asking her almost anything.
- Siri can find nearby restaurants and events. Just ask, “Find nearby pizza” or “What movies are playing?”
- Siri can set a reminder. Just say, “Remind me to take the dog for a walk at 9 PM.”
- Siri can set a timer. Just say, “Timer 30 seconds.” This one is great for cooking.
- Siri can also answer complex questions and search the web. “Who wrote Harry Potter?”
- Siri can open apps and play music.
On Apple Watch, hold down the Digital Crown or say “Hey Siri” within a few seconds of raising your wrist. From here, you can command Siri to do various tasks and it depends on what you are asking as to how Siri on the Apple Watch responds.
How does Siri work?
Siri is based on the 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 recognition have to be good in order to hear what you’re saying but deciphering the meaning is all down to statistics and machine learning, which is where the personal context awareness system comes in.
Does Siri speak my language?
Siri can speak and understand English (Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, Singapore, UK, US), Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Norwegian, Cantonese, Swedish, Danish, Dutch, Russian, Turkish, Thai and Portuguese.
How do I change Siri’s gender and accent?
If you want to change Siri to a man or a woman, you’ll need to head into Settings > Siri & Search on iOS or Apple Menu > System Preferences > Siri on macOS Sierra or later.
You can change Siri settings on HomePod within the Home app and Apple Watch within the Watch app.
Is Siri Better Than Google’s Personal Assistant, Microsoft’s Cortana or Amazon’s Alexa?
Apple is known for setting trends and Siri is no different. Google, Amazon, and Microsoft have all developed their own voice recognition assistant.
There’s no easy way to judge which is better, and for the most part, there’s no real reason to pit them against each other.