Show Me Everything It Can Do
So far we've seen Siri handle a lot of different tasks, from sending texts to helping with cooking, but what is the limit to its power? Is there anything it can't do? Here's a list of what we've seen so far in demos and press releases:
- Read incoming texts. Out for a walk, run, or just too busy to pick up your phone? Siri can alert you to texts and then read them out loud to you so you don't have to miss a beat.
- Reply to texts, send texts. After you've heard the text you just got read out loud, why not reply to it entirely with voice commands? Just say what you want to send, say "Send", and it's off.
- Play music on command. Need to change the song? Simply say "Play [Playlist/Artist/Song/Album]" and Siri will do it for you in a flash. No more navigating all those boring menus!
- Check weather, traffic, etc. by city or location. Traveling abroad and need to know how the weather is where you're headed? Or maybe you just need to check the traffic before you head to work? Simply say "How's the weather look in [city]?" or "What's the traffic like in [city/place/highway]?". You can even say more nuanced commands such as "Is it going to be chilly today?".
- Set timers. Doing some cooking and can't touch your phone to set the timer? Simply ask Siri to do it and you're good to go!
- Search the web for information. One of the most powerful features is Siri's ability to search the web for knowledge on anything you may need to know -- movie showtimes, random trivia, or medical information. All of it's available in a snap (e.g. "How many ounces are in a cup?").
- Create events and reminders. Don't want to miss the meeting next week? Just ask Siri to mark it down on the calendar and remind you later!
- Crawl the surrounding area for specific buildings or building types. Looking for a great restaurant or hangout place? Don't worry about typing it all into Google Maps -- Siri will do it for you (i.e. "Any good Italian places around here?").
Of course, chances are we'll see other things like launching applications and doing app-specific tasks, but there's a good possibility that such commands will need to be programmed in by the app developers themselves. For instance, you couldn't control the launch speed and angle of your birds in 'Angry Birds' using Siri's voice command. That is, unless the developer went in and added that functionality to the game themselves.
Stay tuned for more on Siri here at Bright Hub. It is an iPhone 4S only feature and the iPhone 4S will be released on the 14th of October.