Jokers as they are, Apple engineers have included Siri in the company’s meticulous preparations for April’s arrival of the Apple Watch, if the responses the voice assistant is giving to Watch related queries are anything to go by.
As first spotted Sunday by French enthusiast blog iGen.fr, asking Siri about the Watch’s release date or simple stuff like what she’s doing yields some funny responses and amusing remarks concerning the highly anticipated wearable gizmo.
I tried it myself and it worked.
I asked Siri “When will the Apple Watch be released?” and she said the device will make “its timely appearance” (no pun intended, I’m sure) on April 24.
“But starting April 10, you can pre-order one, or check it out at an Apple retail store,” she added.
Repeating the question yields different variations of the same response. In another instance, Siri reminded me not to forget to say hi when checking out the Watch at an Apple Store.
I was disappointed a bit that she wouldn’t recognize a “When will the Apple Watch release?” variant of the same question.
Apparently oblivious to my legitimate and grammatically accepted use of the word ‘release’ as a verb instead of a noun, Siri gave me canned responses such as “Apple.com should be able to answer that question, and more,” “Everything you need to know about Apple products is at Apple’s website ” and “Allow me to direct you to Apple’s rather fabulous website”.
But were you to ask a mundane question such as ”What are you doing?” you’d get something like, “Just got back from IL8. Mining some alumin-ium for the Apple Watch”.
The alumin-ium here is a funny reference to Apple design head Jony Ive’s precise Oxford British pronunciation of the word aluminum (in British English, ‘aluminum’ is spelled as ‘aluminium’).
Repeating the same question produces responses along the same lines, like “Just counting the minutes until Apple Watch comes out,” “I’m working on my taps and vibrations for the Apple Watch,” “Oh, you know, just helping gather Zn-Mg ‘eta prime’ for the 7000 series aluminum Apple Watch” and more.
I just love stuff like this.
Not only is it funny that Siri is now responding in style to Watch related querries, but fitting, too. After all, Siri plays a big role in how Watch wearers will interact with the device.
You can ask Siri questions by long-pressing the Digital Crown or just by raising your wrist and saying “Hey Siri”.
“Having Siri with you at all times means you can access it that much more quickly and conveniently,” argues Apple.
For example, you can use Siri’s voice-to-text recognition engine to dictate messages on your Watch, ask her to launch apps, find out what’s next in your day, initiate a phone call through your iPhone, find the location of a store, get turn-by-turn directions and more.
How do you like Siri’s Watch responses?