How to Make Siri work harder on your Ap­ple Watch

Mac Format - - APPLE SKILLS -

1 Send a quick mes­sage

In the mid­dle of cook­ing you could just raise your wrist and say “Hey Siri, ask my wife what would you like to drink with din­ner ques­tion mark” and it will send an iMes­sage. You can spec­ify by name or re­la­tion­ship; set these up in Con­tacts.

2 Com­mand your home

“Hey Siri, turn off all the lights” will do just that for any HomeKit-en­abled lights you have. Con­fig­ure locks, se­cu­rity cam­eras and lights in the “I’m leav­ing” scene and ev­ery­thing can be set with one com­mand as you walk out the door.

3 End pub ar­gu­ments

Siri can lever­age the power of the web – es­pe­cially Wikipedia and Wol­fram Al­pha – to an­swer gen­eral knowl­edge ques­tions. It’s par­tic­u­larly use­ful on Ap­ple Watch be­cause it’s strapped to your body, so it’s al­ways with you!

4 Fast maths/con­ver­sions

There are great maths apps like PCalc, but Siri can quickly work with numbers for you (“Hey Siri, what’s a 15% tip of £24.50?”) as well as con­ver­sions (“What’s six ounces in grams?”, which is handy while cook­ing).

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