Hey you! Welcome to this issue of iPad & iPhone User. You’re looking well. Have you lost weight? Is that a new shirt?” Not my words, reader, but the words of Siri: your iPhone- and iPad’s digital assistant. If you have previously only dabbled with using voice control, you’re missing out. Compared to the similar features in Windows and Android, Siri is something else: nothing less than an intelligent personal assistant and knowledge navigator. It offers semantic search and learning interaction. It’s cool, useful and fun.
Siri has existed on iPhones since 2011, but it has developed a lot over the past three years. Today there are tasks for which it is genuinely easier to use your voice than your phone- or tablet’s touchscreen. And it is a lot cooler.
I’d wager that there are multiple Siri features and -applications that you don’t know. Or at least you didn’t know until you purchased this issue of iPad & iPhone User. In this issue we go deep with Siri – exploring every feature and voice command, and explaining how everyone can use Siri.
It is natural to feel a little awkward talking in public to an inanimate object. In this magazine we tell you why it is worth doing so, and how to do it.
We’ve also got our usual mix of iPad and iPhone tips, tricks, news and reviews. This includes our comparison of Apple’s 6in iPhone 6 Plus and 8in iPad mini 3. Which is the best device?