Dis­cover the se­crets of Siri

Ev­ery­one knows about Siri, but are you get­ting the most from it? Your per­sonal as­sis­tant can do so much more…

Mac Format - - CONTENTS - Words: Dave Steven­son Il­lus­tra­tion: Steve Go­tobed Im­ages: Ap­ple / Fu­ture Photo Stu­dio

Use your voice as­sis­tant to best ef­fect

Which­ever iOS de­vice you have, Siri – Ap­ple’s voice­con­trolled per­sonal as­sis­tant – will help you get the most from it. Since its de­but in 2011 on the iPhone 4S (ear­lier mod­els need not ap­ply), the cloud-based voice recog­ni­tion ser­vice has come on leaps and bounds.

Ac­cord­ing to Ap­ple, it now serves a bil­lion re­quests per week and has be­come 40% faster and more ac­cu­rate in the last year. It’s go­ing to get bet­ter, too – iOS 9’s re­lease in Septem­ber (see page 79) will see Siri gain a few ex­cit­ing new abil­i­ties. Now’s the time to be­come a Siri cham­pion: read our tips to be­come Siri-ously good at us­ing the best voice soft­ware on the mar­ket. If that joke made you wince, brace your­self: Siri’s are worse.

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