Today at its Let’s Talk iPhone event Apple also announced the long-rumored voice control assistant feature Siri for iOS 5 (exclusive to iPhone 4S only), which lets you perform tasks by speaking in your native language. For example you may ask directions, ask about weather forecast set an alarm etc.
Siri is named after an assistant app that Apple bought only last year. Apple fondly calls it, “Siri: the intelligent assistant to get things done just by asking.”
Users can activate the feature using a long-press on the home button and a command spoken to the iPhone.
Siri’s live demonstration was given by Forstall:
“Set timers. Look up contacts, create notes, search the web, search Wikipedia. It’s absolutely blow-away. Well, who is Siri? Just ask!”
Siri: “I am a humble personal assistant.”
Siri is integrated with Wikipedia and Wolfram Alpha for providing definitions etc.
Siri recognizes English (including UK and Australia), French and German initially, and it works with all built-in apps and over both 3G and WiFi. Right now it is still a eta though!
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