Apple adds additional features to Siri in iOS 8



Apple announced many new features in iOS 8 at WWDC on Monday, Siri being one of them. Updates to Siri are not uncommon; Apple is known to add new features to Siri every year when announcing their new iOS software. Some new Siri features in iOS 8 include…

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Hey, Siri

When you plug in your iPhone, you will now be able to activate Siri simply by saying, “Hey Siri”. This is a beneficial hands-free approach if you needed to text someone, for example, while you were driving in your car and in heavy traffic.

Shazam song recognition

Siri can now identify whatever song you are listening to using Shazam, which was rumored a couple of months ago. Adding this feature will eliminate any additional song recognition apps that you might have installed. All you have to do is activate Siri and he/she will listen to whatever song you are listening to and tell you the song title and who sings it along with an option to buy the song without having to say anything. Unfortunately, even with all this added technology, it will not tag the song and store it in your Shazam memory.

Purchase iTunes content

Additionally, Siri in iOS 8 allows users to purchase iTunes content without having to go into the iTunes app. This will be beneficial since you don’t have to actually go into the app and search for whatever content you wish to purchase, it will be as easy as asking Siri to do it for you.

Streaming voice recognition

Siri will also support streaming voice recognition, which allows you to see what Siri is hearing as you speak. This enables a faster response from Siri, which is something users have been trying to make happen for a while now.

Siri is capable of many different tasks; however, many iOS users don’t know everything that their personal assistant can do. When Siri launched alongside the iPhone 4s in 2011, the personal assistant was very limited. Since then, Siri has grown into being a personal assistant that users can count on. Here are some things you may or may not have known that Siri can do in iOS 7…

Turn settings on/off


Siri can quickly turn on/off many different settings, such as: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Airplane Mode, and Do Not Disturb. For example, tell Siri to “Turn off Wi-Fi,” and Siri will do just that. This is a very simple, but very handy way to turn on/off your most used settings.

Post to Facebook and Twitter


Since the Notification Center no longer includes Tweet and Post actions, users can now open Siri and say, “Post to Facebook” or “Post to Twitter” and tell Siri what you would like to have posted to the social networks. Siri will then give you a preview of what is about to be posted and will make sure you want to proceed. This feature comes in handy if you have your hands full, yet want to post something to either Facebook or Twitter without having to actually type your post out.

Solve math problems


If you don’t want to grab your calculator across the room, Siri can now perform more complicated math problems.  For example, you can now ask Siri to add fractions and decimals or find square roots.

Search for recent tweets


Do you ever want to know what someone is tweeting without opening up Twitter? Well, now you can. Just ask Siri, “What is [whoever] saying?” Siri will pull up a list of recent tweets.  You can also ask what a brand or website is saying and Siri will show you their recent tweets, as well.

Check the number of days between dates


If you want to check the number of days between dates, just ask Siri.  For example you can ask Siri, “How many days until July 4th?” You can also ask Siri, “How many days are there between January 1st and February 14th?” Siri will respond by telling you exactly how many days without you having to figure it out on your own.

Find the time in another city


If you need to check the time in another city before calling a coworker, just ask Siri “What time is it in San Francisco?”  Siri will then respond by telling you the time as well as how many hours they are ahead or behind you.

Find movies playing near you


If you want to know what movies are playing near you, just ask Siri, “What movies are playing near me?”  You can also ask Siri what movies are playing in another city as well as what movies are playing at a specific theater.

Were you guys familiar with these features or were they new to you?  Do you guys use Siri on a regular basis or is it something you only use when you’re bored?  Don’t forget to leave your thoughts in the comments section down below.


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  • Siri lover

    I don’t need faster response from Siri. I just need more accurate voice recognition.