Voice assistants

Video: Siri goes offline

An image showing an iPhone 12 held in hand with the glowing orb at the bottom denoting Offline Siri functionality

iOS 15 brings offline Siri, which leverages on-device processing to handle specific types of requests even without an internet connection, and we have a video to show it to you.

How to set your preferred Siri voice in iOS 14.5

A featured image showing a Siri orb set against a dark background

For the sake of inclusion and diversity, Apple's Siri virtual assistant no longer defaults to a female voice in the United States. Instead, you can now set your preferred Siri voice as part of the setup process (or after the fact, like before). In addition, you can switch to one of the two new Siri voices available with iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5. Follow along with our tutorial to learn how to change Siri's default voice on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and HomePod.

How to share your ETA in Apple Maps with Siri

As you follow turn-by-turn driving directions in Apple Maps on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, you have the option to let others know your estimated time of arrival (ETA). That being said, however, responsible drivers shouldn't really be taking their eyes off the wheel to tap through the menus. Thankfully, in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, you can ask Siri to share your ETA, hands-free. In this tutorial, you're going to learn how to share your ETA in Apple Maps with Siri.

How to show Siri captions for all spoken text on iPhone and iPad

The all-new compact Siri interface, available with iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, renders just a small animated orb at the display bottom along with a compact, banner-style response that slides into view at the top of the screen. That's an improvement over Siri in earlier iOS version that would take up the whole display. To keep the interface as minimal as possible, Siri in iOS and iPadOS 14 doesn't show caption for spoken text. Thankfully, you can easily enable Siri captions on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with a few simple steps, and we show you how.