If you have a brand new iPhone 5 you must know Siri. What? You don’t? Siri is a powerful assistant that allows free speech to “talk” with your iPhone (but also with iPad and iPod Touch) and control it using a natural language.
Thanks to it you can get on the fly the weather forecast, directions to get to a certain place, the most interesting shops that are nearby. You can send messages, publish posts on Twitter / Facebook, set reminders, and believe me, the list could go on much longer. So do not waste any more time and find out just how to use Siri.
Before we see in detail how to use Siri, you must make sure you have an Apple device that can use this service. Siri is available for iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPad fourth / third generation, iPad Mini and iPod Touch fifth generation.
Once you know that your device is fully compatible with Siri, you simply need an internet connection to use this powerful voice assistant (or rather, this formidable voice assistant). Let’s see how to “talk” in practical terms. By default, Siri can be activated by pressing and holding the Home button for about three seconds, until you see the microphone icon at the bottom of the screen. However, going into Settings iPhone and accessing the General tab -> Siri, you can activate the function that calls Siri when you bring the iPhone to your ear (without disabling the activation button Home).
As mentioned earlier, you can use Siri to make more disparate operations: know the weather forecast for the next day, get road directions to get to a certain place, post a status update on Facebook, write an email or SMS, know the results and rankings of the football league, launch applications, play music and much, much more. For starters, though, let’s do some simple example.
Want to know if tomorrow, leaving the house, you have to bring an umbrella with you viewing the latest weather forecast? Press and hold the Home button on your iPhone / iPad / iPod Touch for three seconds and when you see the microphone icon on the screen, ask something like “Will tomorrow rain?“, “What will the weather be tomorrow?”, “Will I need an umbrella tomorrow?”, and so on. There is no need to say the words in a particular way, the great thing about Siri is that you can interact with it using a natural language.
Other examples that you can do are those relating to the geographical places. Try asking Siri “Show me the way to New York City” or “I want to eat italian tonight” and, using the GPS service instlaled in your device, the service will provide you with directions to get to the desired destination and the name / address of the italian restaurants that are closest to your current location.
Other typical uses of Siri are creating reminders for individual needs and setting alarms to do not be late at the office, at school or to an important appointment. The language to use is very natural: if you want to create a reminder you have to say “Remind me to do this” specifying the day and time commitment (eg, “Remember me that tomorrow at 11 am I have to visit my grandma”), and to set an alarm just say “Wake me up” followed by the date and time (eg “Wake me up tomorrow morning at 7“).
Siri also speeds up communication. In fact, you can ask your assistant voice to write a new tweet (eg “Write a new tweet”) or a status update on Facebook, send an SMS or an email (eg “Send a message to Charlez Ponzi”) and make a call to a contact in your address book (eg “Call James Bond”). But the fun does not stop here! Writing a message or a post with Siri can be done without the use of the virtual keyboard: simply dictate everything to the excellent voice assistant and it’ll write it for you.
That’s it? Absolutely not. Siri is also able to start an app installed on your device (eg “Open Instagram”), recommend movies to see at the cinema, show the results and rankings of the NBA (eg, “Did Boston win the last match?”), play music based on genres or artists from the music library for iOS (eg “Play hip-hop” or “Play songs by Coldplay”) and answer questions with various types of jokes sometimes unsettling. For the rest, ask “What can you do for me?” And Siri will list its main functions. Note: you may get addicted to it!