Siri will go from strength to strength when iOS 9 launches this autumn
In iOS 9, your Spotlight searches will actually go through Siri
September this year will hold some interesting announcements for iOS users. There’ll be a new iPhone, but we’ll also see the release of iOS 9 for existing devices, back to
iPhone 4S. There are already plenty of new features announced, not least significant upgrades to Apple Passbook (which will be renamed Wallet), Maps and improved multitasking on iPads. But of all iOS9’s new features, Siri will be getting the most added horsepower.
For one thing, Spotlight – iOS’s text search – and Siri will be getting married, with any searches you send through Spotlight actually going through Siri. There are useful improvements in Siri’s ability, such as the option to call up particular photos – “show pictures taken in London” will work, for instance.
Elsewhere, Apple’s exciting work with HomeKit, the company’s technology for connecting its devices to internet-enabled products from thermostats to door locks and lighting systems, already connects with Siri. Most appealing HomeKit products are US-only at the moment, but with the likes of Philips’ Hue connected lights gaining plenty of positive attention, the number will only grow. With HomeKit products connected to iOS, your house will go from domicile to bridge of the Enterprise. “Hey Siri, turn on the office lights” or “turn the heating up to 20 degrees” enable you to keep your house light and warm without traipsing up and down the stairs. Central heating lovers will be able to keep the thermostat under tighter control than ever.
Siri is behind the results shown in iOS 9’s search screen. You may not even have to ask it to look for things as it proactively assesses your needs.