Apple Announces Siri Assistant for iPhone 4S

The much talked about voice control Assistant from Siri is very real and Apple has announced it today. The Siri voice control is brought up in the same way as the original iPhone voice control. You hold down the home button and it brings up Siri which will listen in on things that you might be curious about. Ask it’ What is the weather like today?’ and it will bring up the forecast for your area.

Ask it if you need a rain coat, and it will tell you that it looks like it’s going to rain, which means yes, you’ll need a rain coat if you venture out into the wilds of the world. It can do other things too.

You can ask what time it is in Paris, and Siri will tell you. You can set an alarm for 6am and Siri will do that for you. You can ask it to check on your stocks, to find a Greek restaurant in Palo Alto, to search Wikipedia for Neil Armstrong. It also has built-in Wolfram Alpha support which will give you definitions of words.

Siri Assistant

You can even set Reminders for yourself which Siri will put into your calendar, send texts to your friends and family, just by using Siri and see how many days there are until Christmas.

By now, you probably get the picture.

This is voice control on steroids. Unfortunately, it will be available for the iPhone 4S only which means those of you with last year’s iPhone 4 or even the iPhone 3GS might want to think about making the switch.

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iOS 5 will be rolling out on October 12th to the iPhone 3GS and above, iPad and above and iPod touch third generation and above.

Comments

  1. Adam Truelove says

    This looks badass, as an Android fan I am officially jealous.  This is first time I’ve been impressed with anything the iPhone had to offer.  Though you can get much of this via Android’s voice search if you know how to use it to its fullest.  Need to know where the Italian restaurants are around your current location, just say “Map of Italian restaurants”.  How about DOW stock quotes, just say “DOW stocks”.  You can say anything to voice search and it will, at the very least, search google for you and give you what you want.  The thing it can’t do that I really want is read txts and e-mails to you and work with the calendar, which makes no sense as google calendar already supports creating quick appointments by just typing stuff in, why not do the same with voice?

    • ETA says

      Hi Adam, the feature that you are looking for regarding reading texts and emails has always been there since Android 2.2. It’s called Vlingo Virtual Assistant for Android.  There is also Vlingo In Car where you don’t have to press any button at all. Get it for free in the Android market.

  2. Applelover says

    I would take iPhone over Android any day of the week.  Have owned an iPhone since they have come out and upgraded every time.  Wife has been using my prior phones.  NEVER had a problem with the iPhone.  To the contrary, I know a bunch of people with Androids that have had problems. For example, 1 person who works for me her Android wouldn’t charge because of a bad connector.  The phone was about 1 year and 1 week old at that time so they wouldn’t cover it with the 1 year warranty.  Another person had a rebooting problem.  iPhone, to me, just a much better and more reliable option.

    In addition, MobileMe for iPhone (soon to be iCloud) has been UNBELIEVABLY helpful for work.  So valuable I switched my home computer to Mac 2 years ago… and all my office computers to Mac earlier this year.  Anything that is done on my home computer, office computer, iPhone, iPad…. are always synced.  No need to physically hook the phone to the computer… when I come home and want to do office work… just need to turn on the computer.  If I want to bring work projects home, files I dragged and dropped into iCloud are all there no matter where I am.

    Apple and iPhone offers MUCH MORE than the Android and other competitors… in my opinion.  Personally, I don’t ever bother looking at other phones because there is no need to.

  3. Jorgensen_michelle says

    Love this new iPhone! Told Siri she was funny. She said yes at times I do feel funny

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