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Getting Help

If you say “Help me” or “What can you do?” Siri provides suggestions on what to say. Siri displays a list of categories, such as Phone, Music, Messages, and Calendar, along with a sample phrase for each topic, as shown in Figure 1.10. Tap on any category to view an extended list of sample phrases for just that category.

Figure 1-10

Figure 1-10 Not sure what to say to Siri? Siri can offer suggestions. Just say “Help” or “What can you do?” A tiny question mark appears at the left of Siri’s microphone whenever you invoke it. Tap this question mark at any time to request this help screen.

For example, if you’re interested in something about a calendar, tap Calendar “Set up a meeting at 9.” Siri then offers examples for adding, changing, or asking about events. They provide a range of functions that showcase how you can interactively ask about your upcoming schedule. Here are examples:

  • “Set up a meeting at 9.”
  • “Meet with Emily at noon.”
  • “Set up a meeting about hiring tomorrow at 9 a.m.”
  • “Schedule a planning meeting at 8:30 today in the boardroom.”
  • “Reschedule my appointment with Dr. Patrick to next Monday at 9 a.m.”
  • “Add Emily to my meeting with Brian.”
  • “Cancel the budget review meeting.”
  • “What does the rest of my day look like?”
  • “What’s on my calendar for Friday?”
  • “When am I meeting with Jimmy?”
  • “Where is my next meeting?”

This onboard help system lets you know the kinds of interactions that Siri supports. The options inspire you to expand your Siri vocabulary and use the assistant system more flexibly.

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