As expected, one of the stars of Apple’s iPhone event yesterday was its new Siri feature. The project, which the rumor mill dubbed Assistant, materialized on stage as a digital personal assistant for future iPhone users.

Even with its impressive demo yesterday, many folks have written Siri off as another failed attempt at a voice command feature. TUAW did some digging and found some evidence that it’s much, much more than that…

Whether the hardware on Apple’s latest handset is a disappointment or not is a conversation for another time. But the fact that some folks believe that Siri can be lumped in with other voice command offerings is absolutely absurd.

The folks over at TUAW have gotten ahold of a list of example phrases that you will be able to use with Apple’s new Siri feature. Here is a small excerpt:

Address Book

Querying Contacts

  • What’s Michael’s address?
  • What is Susan Park’s phone number?
  • When is my wife’s birthday?
  • Show Jennifer’s home email address

Finding Contacts

  • Show Jason Russell
  • Find people named Park
  • Who is Michael Manning?


  • My mom is Susan Park
  • Michael Manning is my brother
  • Call my brother at work


Adding Events

  • Set up a meeting at 9
  • Set up a meeting with Michael at 9
  • Meet with Lisa at noon
  • Set up a meeting about hiring tomorrow at 9am
  • New appointment with Susan Park Friday at 3
  • Schedule a planning meeting at 8:30 today in the boardroom

Changing events

  • Move my 3pm meeting to 4:30
  • Reschedule my appointment with Dr. Manning to next Monday at 9am
  • Add Lisa to my meeting with Jason
  • Cancel the budget review meeting

Asking about events

  • What does the rest of my day look like?
  • What’s on my calendar for Friday?
  • When is my next appointment?
  • When am I meeting with Michael?
  • Where is my next meeting?


Setting Alarms

  • Wake me up tomorrow at 7am
  • Set an alarm for 6:30am
  • Wake me up in 8 hours
  • Change my 6:30 alarm to 6:45
  • Turn off my 6:30 alarm
  • Delete my 7:30 alarm

Checking the Clock

  • What time is it?
  • What time is it in Berlin?
  • What is today’s date?
  • What’s the date this Saturday?

Using a Timer

  • Set the timer for ten minutes
  • Show the timer
  • Pause the timer
  • Resume
  • Reset the timer
  • Stop it


Sending Messages

  • Email Lisa about the trip
  • Email Jennifer about the change in plans
  • New email to Susan Park
  • Mail Dad about the rent check
  • Email Dr. Manning and say I got the forms, thanks
  • Mail Lisa and Jason about the party and say I had a great time
  • Checking Messages

Check email

  • Any new email from Michael today?
  • Show new mail about the lease
  • Show the email from Lisa yesterday

Responding to Messages

  • Reply Dear Susan sorry about the late payment
  • Call him at work

And that’s just a small sample. You can get the full list here (it’s huge). Also keep in mind that these are just “examples” of phrases that you can say to Siri. It can understand hundreds of other commands.

Perhaps the most important thing about Siri is its ability to accurately comprehend common language. The folks that went hands-on with the iPhone 4S yesterday were blown away by how spot-on its voice recognition was.

I don’t know about you guys, but this seems leaps and bounds ahead of the competition in terms of voice command features. And oh yeah, Apple is still referring to Siri as being in Beta, so the service can only get better from here.

What’s your take on Apple’s new Siri feature?

  • I really want to have Siri on my jailbroken iPad, hopefully the jailbreak team will come through for us iPad 2 and iPhone 4 owners that don’t want to upgrade to the iPhone 4S

    • Nabeel

      Yeap the only one thing i wish i can have on my brilliant iphone 4 .

  • Ty

    Just deleted Vlingo! Lol

  • Spencer

    Carlos Slim is not very happy that it doesn’t speak Spanish!!!

    • Juan

      Hahaha !! Good one!!

  • Fitu

    Ya siri sounds cool, but I think I can just use it while driving. I’m not going to use it in public lol

    • zEz

      +1 I feel strange even trying to dictate to Dragon Dictation during work… let alone standing in the middle of the street talking to my phone, although, maybe a handfree could help… =D

  • I really wish u could have a nice conversation with your iPhone.

  • Michael

    I would love Siri to be able to dictate voicemail into text. This would be a great feature to have and will benefit me greatly since I am hearing impaired and not fully understand the messages in my voicemail.

  • Anon

    I say they need to release it for the iPhone 4 in addition to the 4S. There’s absolutely no reason not to, nor is there a reason the iPhone 4 cannot run Siri smoothly as it is.

  • Tony

    There is already a siri app for the iPhone 4. It may not be integrated into the os like this new version seems to be. But you can have random conversation with it on just about anything. And you can find directions and answers to nearly anything too

    • Michael

      They deleted the app already. I hear that the jailbreak community is working on getting it for the iPhone 4. 🙂

  • DomPerignon

    Is this thing ON all the time? If it is so, it is a battery drainer. Siri app wasn’t on all the time.

  • Benjamin

    Really confused by this feature.

    My mum is not Susan Park. Michael Manning is not my brother. I have no brothers, only a sister – and she is not called Muchael Manning either.

    I bet you don’t need to change the name of your family if you’re on Android. Apple sucks. This will be the last iPhone I buy – I have trouble enough already remembering who my relatives are without this also.

    • Mike

      Are you retarded?

  • NightFear

    Pieces are missing from the GM version. H@ck3rs are waiting for the final iOS5. Remember that the iOS4 is about 666 mb and the iOS5 780 mb. 120 mb are new features (plus some updates to the old stuff/bug fixes).

  • NightFear

    But … remember that app in iTunes which is the “Back to the Future” of SiRi ???
    Is Called “Voice Brief”
    … the final comment is yours …

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