We are very, very excited about the imminent arrival of iOS 15. The presentation of Apple software during the last WWDC left us with some big surprises, including the implementation of big changes in iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 such as improvements in Apple Maps, new Safari features, automatic text extraction from images and much more.
But one of the new facets of iOS 15 that went unnoticed during the presentation of the software was Siri. And it is that Apple has added all kinds of news to its virtual assistant with iOS 15 in its iPhone products, as well as in iPadOS 15 for the iPad family.
Since iPadízate we have talked at length about the new changes that the bitten apple logo signature has implemented in its mobile software and we have posted various tutorials such as this trick to edit PDF in iOS 15 in the Files app or this comprehensive guide to using Look Around, the new street-level display feature in Apple Maps. On this occasion, we will tell you everything you need to know about Siri changes in iOS 15. Shall we start?
All the news coming to Siri with iOS 15
Apple has made some big changes to its virtual assistant in iOS 15 software, although not all new features are available from the start in all territories. These are all the new features that Siri will integrate with the arrival of iOS 15 on the iPhone.
More automation with HomeKit
Apple’s virtual assistant has been used for many years to control home automation accessories with HomeKit so you can ask Siri to turn on living room lights, turn down the thermostat, or lower the blinds. In fact, you can not only do this on an iPhone, but also on an iPad, MacBook, Apple Watch, or HomePod.
Now, with iOS 15, Siri will get a significant improvement in syncing with HomeKit. Now you can control HomeKit accessories at a precise time and fully automatically. That is, you can ask Siri to turn off the house lights at 7:00 p.m. You won’t have to set it up from the automation section of the Home app, you’ll just have to ask Siri via a voice command.
Moreover, this command will also be used for geolocation, so you can also ask Siri to perform certain actions “when you leave the house”.
Language customization and processing
Apple decided that with iOS 15 voice processing and Siri customization are made on the device, without using an Internet connection. What does this fact imply? That the process of executing Siri requests is much faster and the security is much higher.
Siri will continue to improve your understanding, voice recognition, and learning about each user’s needs as the device is used. Siri language processing runs through Apple’s neural engine and is available on devices with an A12 Bionic processor or later.
However, this news will not be available in all regions, at least for now. Siri data processing within the device will be available in German (Germany), Spanish (Europe, Mexico, United States), English (Australia, Canada, India, United Kingdom, United States), French (France ), Japanese (Japan), Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese (China, Hong Kong).
Support without internet connection
As in the previous section where Siri can process the data on users’ own device, it will also have offline support to make a wide range of requests.
Siri will be able to turn timers, alarms, open apps on and off, control audio playback, process messages, share content, and access configuration settings without an internet connection.
New ways to share content
This new Siri feature became one of the big stars of the WWDC 2021 developer conference when Apple announced the changes to its software. iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 will allow you to share any type of content with a simple Siri voice command.
What does it mean? Well, very simple: if you see a photo that you want to share with someone, just ask Siri to send it to a friend or family member. As easy as that. And when we say that “any type of content” can be shared, we are talking about ANY type of content: a photo, a website, a podcast, a song …
And if it’s a type of content that can’t be sent as such, Siri will automatically take a screenshot and send it to whoever you want. More than practical, right?
Context and understanding
Siri will understand the context of each request much better and make it easier to use multiple voice commands in a row. So that if a user asks “where is the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia” and then “how long does it take to get there”, Siri will immediately understand that “there is” ” the City of Arts and Sciences. Sciences “.
Another of Siri’s most fantastic surprises in iOS 15 will involve that Apple’s virtual assistant will be able to detect who you want to contact if you have opened a specific contact’s file on your iPhone, as reported by Macrumors. Imagine that you are in the Contacts app and you have a friend’s folder open, you can ask them to message them, send them an email, etc.
Overview of notifications, messages and reminders
Until now, Siri could only announce call and message notifications when users were using AirPods. But as of now, after the release of iOS 15, this feature it will extend to all notifications.
Siri will be able to announce any type of notifications when AirPods are connected, as long as users enable the option to announce notifications in the notifications configuration section of the settings.
On the other hand, Siri will also be able to announce notifications of messages received in CarPlay and reminders with AirPods.
Other small changes
Among the new features of Siri in iOS 15, we also find the ability to add Siri Suggestions as one of the personalized elements of the Safari home page. In addition, Apple has also included language enhancements for Scandinavian countries such as Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, and Finnish.
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