Each and every time you ask Siri a question, an audio file of your query is sent on over to Apple’s servers. Then it’s processed, and the data you’re looking for as well as Siri’s vocal response are sent back to your phone. This applies whether you ask for something located on the phone itself, like reading a text or calling a contact, or if you have Siri look something up online like the weather or sports scores.
Obviously, with only 1 out of 3 carriers in the US offering unlimited data plans, this system has the potential to be very bad. Now, before you freak out about your data usage, you should know that for most people Siri won’t do much noticeable damage. According toÂ Ars Technica conducted a study to see just how much data Siri actually used. Check it out:
“If you use Siri 2-3 times per day at an average of 63KB per instance, you might expect to use 126KB to 189KB per day, or 3.7 to 5.5MB per month. For 4-6 times a day, that might come out to 252KB to 378KB per day, or 7.4 to 11MB per month. If you use it 10-15 times per day, you might end up using 630KB to 945KB per day, or 18.5 to 27.7MB per month.”
Now, 27.7 MB per month, which would mean you use Siri 10-15 times daily, would only account for about 1% of a 2 GB data plan. Keep in mind that these numbers are an average, so some of you will fall a bit above or a bit below. Even still, it seems pretty clear that unless you cut it ridiculously close with your data usage, you should be fine.
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Via: Ars Technica