Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Apple’s New “Siri” Voice Assistant for the iPhone 4S

Finally, Apple has decided to put its acquisition of Siri to good use. Since acquiring Siri a year ago, Apple has not used the voice assistance technology much. However, Apple has been working diligently on adding the technology into iOS 5.
Siri’s technology first was used as an iOS app, which allowed users to make simple commands such as buying movie tickets or scheduling a reservation at a restaurant. However, with the improved processing power of the iPhone 4S, Apple can deeply embed the service into the iPhone 4S to make it more usable.
Today users were notified that the App will stop working on October 15th, when the iPhone 4S arrives. The app sent a message that said, “I’ve been replaced. The new Siri is even smarter and better looking than me, and waiting for you on the iPhone 4S.” It continued by saying, “I’ll be leaving for home October 15th. Until then…how can I help you?”
Apple has released information about what the new version of Siri will be able to do. In addition to the basic functions Siri has always provided, you can now receive general information about the weather, local businesses, and local traffic conditions.
Many Apple users are looking forward to the release of this service and rightfully so. It is going to make iPhone users lives much easier and will make driving much safer. Here is Apple’s official video introducing Siri:

Siri also also allows you to write messages by speaking. This feature will work with any application allowing you to type.

While you might think you will never use this feature, it could prove to be very useful while driving, or someone vision impaired who can now send and receive text messages. I’m sure some clever app developers already have some great idea’s for ways to use Siri.


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