There are some major improvements to Siri in iOS 15, with Apple introducing features that iPhone users have long been asking for. On devices with A12 or later chip, Siri can perform processing on the device and support offline requests.
This guide highlights all the new Siri features available in iOS (and iPadOS) 15.
Speech processing and personalization on the device
From iOS 15, speech processing and personalization is done on the device. This makes Siri faster in processing requests, but also more secure. Most audio requests made to Siri are kept entirely on iPhone and are no longer uploaded to Apple’s servers for processing.
Siri’s voice recognition and command understanding improves as a device is used, with Siri learning the most interacted contacts, new words typed, and favorite topics, all of that information being kept on the phone. ‘device and private.
On-device speech processing and personalization is enabled through Apple Neural Engine and is available on iPhones and iPads with an A12 Bionic chip or later.
Treatment on the device is available in German (Germany), English (Australia, Canada, India, United Kingdom, United States), Spanish (Spain, Mexico, United States), French (France), Japanese (Japan ), Mandarin Chinese (Mainland China), and Cantonese (Hong Kong).
With on-device processing now available, there is a wide range of Siri requests that can be processed offline. Siri can create (and disable) timers and alarms, launch apps, control audio playback, and access settings options.
Apple says Siri can also handle messages, sharing, and phone requests.
Sharing via Siri
When you come across something you want to share like a photo, webpage, Apple Music song, or podcast, you can ask Siri to send it to a friend or family member and Siri will do it.
If it’s something that can’t be shared, like a discussion thread, Siri will take a screenshot and send it. All you have to do is say “Send this to [person]”and Siri will confirm the request, then send it.
This feature works with Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, Apple News, Maps, Webpages, Photos, Messages, etc.
Improved context between requests
Siri in iOS 15 can better maintain context between voice requests. So if you ask something like “What time is the Taco Bell open?” And then “How long does it take to get there?” Siri will understand that “there is” the taco bell from the previous request.
This tends to only work when there is only one option, because in a situation with multiple Taco Bells, Siri needs to be clarified. For this reason, contextual enhancements are limited.
Siri also understands that if there is a contact on the screen, this is the person you want to talk to.
So if the People app is open to a specific person, chatting with someone in Messages, getting a message notification, or missing a call, you can say something like “Send them a message.” message, I’m on my way ”and Siri will know send it to the relevant contact you just interacted with or opened.
Siri can now be used to control a HomeKit device at a specific time. So if you want your lights to go out just at 7 o’clock, you can say something like “Hey Siri, turn off the bedroom lights at 7 o’clock”. This command also works for geolocation, so you can say things like turn off the air conditioning when I leave. “
When you ask Siri to control a HomeKit product in this way, it creates an automation in the Home app under the “Automation” section. If you want to delete an automation that Siri created, you can do so in the Home app.
HomeKit developers can also add Siri support to their products in iOS 15, but using Siri commands with third-party devices requires the user to have a HomePod to route requests. With the Siri integration, customers will be able to use their HomeKit products for Siri commands such as setting up reminders, controlling devices, broadcasting messages, and more.
Siri has been able to announce incoming calls and messages while using AirPods (or Beats headphones) for quite some time now, but in iOS 15 this feature extends to all notifications.
Siri can automatically announce time-sensitive notifications when AirPods are connected if you enable the feature in the Settings app (in the Siri or Notifications sections), and there are also options for Siri to announce the notifications app by app if you want to hear notifications from a particular app, but those notifications are not time sensitive.
Announce messages in CarPlay
There is now a feature for Siri to announce your incoming messages when your iPhone is connected to a CarPlay setup.
There is an option to turn the announcements on or off when a message is read, and Siri will remember your preference. This feature can also be enabled or disabled using the Settings app.
Announce reminders with AirPods
In addition to notifications, Siri can also announce reminders that appear when you are wearing AirPods or compatible Beats headphones.
Add Siri suggestions to the Safari start page
With the start page customization in iOS 15, there is an option to add a section for Siri suggestions for the websites you want to visit or the content you want to view.
Text-to-speech neural voices have been extended to Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and Finnish in iOS 15.
Apple also added mixed support for English and Indian languages. Siri can process orders in a mix of Indian English and native languages, with support for Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil, Bengali, Gujarati, Malayalam and Punjabi .
Siri for developers
Apple is tweaking its SiriKit interface and removing some of the Siri commands developers could use with third-party apps.
Starting with iOS 15, customers will no longer be able to use Siri in third-party apps to do things like book a ride with Uber, pay a bill, or create new to-do lists in to-do apps. Many of these Siri functions can be replaced with shortcut options that can be activated with Siri voice commands.
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