Meet Siri, Your New Virtual Assistant: An iPhone 4S Exclusive Feature
Siri is a new feature, available exclusively for the iPhone 4S, which allows you to control many of the phone's features and functions by using your voice, instead of via the touchscreen. Thanks to its artificial intelligence and voice-recognition technology, instead of having to memorize a bunch of voice commands, you can ask Siri questions, make requests, or issue commands by using everyday language, which Siri then interprets and responds to promptlyoften with surprising accuracy.
At the time of writing, Siri works with the Phone, FaceTime, Music, Mail, Messages, Reminders, Notes, Calendar, Contacts, Weather, Stocks, Find My Friends, Clock, and Safari apps. However, additional functionality is constantly being added for preinstalled and third-party apps.
After activating Siri by pressing the Home button for one to two seconds, simply state your question, request, or command. You can also activate Siri by pressing the button on your wireless Bluetooth headset that's paired with your iPhone 4S, or by simply picking up the iPhone and holding it up to your ear. Once Siri is activated, you can ask questions such as "What's today's weather?" or "Do I need an umbrella today?" Within seconds, the current weather forecast for your location will be displayed, plus you'll hear Siri's voice reply. If you'll be traveling later in the week from your home city to Los Angeles, you could just as easily ask Siri, "What's the weather forecast for Los Angeles on Friday?"
In addition to accessing information from the Web or that's stored on your iPhone 4S, Siri can perform a wide range of tasks such as initiating calls, creating and sending text messages or email, creating reminders (associated with alarms) within the Reminders app, or adding appointments in the Calendars app as you dictate them to Siri.
As you're actually using Siri, if you need guidance on this new feature's capabilities, you can simply ask Siri, "What can you do?" You can get the same response by pressing the information (i) icon displayed next to the "What can I help you with?" prompt that's displayed whenever the Siri feature is activated (shown in Figure 2).
Figure 2 This Siri prompt can be activated anytime, regardless of what app(s) you're running on the iPhone.
This voice-activated feature gives you hands-free functionality with your iPhone 4S, designed to replicate a virtual personal assistant.