Proac­tive Siri

Siri will go from strength to strength when iOS 9 launches this au­tumn

Mac Format - - SECRETS OF SIRI -

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.

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