Ask More to Siri

Finishing up with OS X El Capitan, Apple’s Craig Federighi moves on to talk about Siri. Apple has been working on a number of improvements to the digital assistant, which has been criticized over the years for lagging behind the efforts of Google and others.

In line with run-up event rumors, Siri is getting more intelligent in iOS 9 thanks to ‘Proactive,’ which makes your device more contextually aware. This allows Siri to respond to queries more intelligently based on your location, the time of day and other things.

For some examples, saying “Show me photos from Utah from last August” will now return all of your photos that have been geo-tagged in Utah. “Remind me to grab coffee off the roof of my car when I get in” will also work, because Siri knows when you’re in the car.

Other examples:

  • Since Siri knows what you like to do at certain times — it can start playing music when you plug in headphones, or cue up an audiobook when you get in the car.
  • Calendar can now give you time to leave reminders based on traffic, just like Google Now.
  • Mail can now scan your email for phone numbers and suggest Caller ID info for unknown numbers.

Overall it sounds like Siri is getting a lot smarter, and will make a good companion to the enhanced Spotlight feature in iOS 9.

  • Rodney Coleman

    Ready for iOS 9 download.

  • Rodney Coleman

    Well beta download

  • (JailbreakQA) King Shoot

    Siri’s new UI looks awesome, and it really fits the iOS 9 interface.

  • Chris Tangler

    i loved when apple got away from the search function being a swipe to the left…looks that’s coming back in ios 9…i really liked the swipe down for search

    • haerondir

      It’s because apparently not many people knew about the swipe down gesture.

      • hkgsulphate

        swiping right is more comfortable :3

    • Elias Chao

      I read in other article that you can use either swipe-right or swipe-down. Not sure if this is true tho.

  • TheDude

    Slowly but surely Apple is checking off all my favorite tweaks. R.I.P. Plugication.

  • theapple99

    will the ipod touch 5g be supported for ios9?

    • GadgetQueenn

      Yea.

  • Gary le

    What about connecting Bluetooth headphones will it automatically play music?

  • Benedict

    Mail can now scan your email for phone numbers and suggest Caller ID info for unknown numbers.
    Wasn’t Tim Cook warning people some days ago not to let their email be scanned by some services (e.g. Gmail). Now Apple reads my email and scans it for phone numbers??

    • Funny thing is, what they were taking jabs to Google for (gobbling user data and trying to monetize it), that’s literally what iAds do; targeted advertising using user data…typical Apple hypocrisy.