Siri in iOS 15 has a lot of new features, including on-device processing, offline support, sharing, improved context, and more

Siri in iOS 15 has a lot of new features, including on-device processing, offline support, sharing, improved context, and more

iOS 15 Siri Feature
This guide highlights all of the new ‌Siri‌ features that are available in iOS (and iPadOS) 15.

There are some major improvements to Siri in iOS 15, with Apple introducing features that iPhone users have long asked for. On devices with an A12 chip or later, ‌Siri‌ can do on-device processing and there’s support for offline requests.

On-Device Speech Processing and Personalization
Starting in ‌iOS 15‌, speech processing and personalization are done on-device. This makes ‌Siri‌ faster at processing requests, but also more secure. Most audio requests made of ‌Siri‌ are kept entirely on the ‌iPhone‌ and are no longer uploaded to Apple’s servers for processing.

‌Siri‌’s speech recognition and understanding of commands improves as a device is used, with ‌Siri‌ learning the contacts most interacted with, new words typed, and topics preferred, with all of this information kept on device and private.

On-device speech processing and personalization is enabled through the Apple Neural Engine and it is available on iPhones and iPads that have an A12 Bionic chip or later.

On-device processing is available in German (Germany), English (Australia, Canada, India, UK, U.S.), Spanish (Spain, Mexico, U.S.), French (France), Japanese (Japan), Mandarin Chinese (China mainland), and Cantonese (Hong Kong).

Offline Support
With on-device processing now available, there are a wide range of ‌Siri‌ requests that can be handled offline. ‌Siri‌ can create (and disable) timers and alarms, launch apps, control audio playback, and access Settings options.

Apple says ‌Siri‌ can also process Messages, sharing, and Phone requests.

Sharing via Siri
When you come across something that you want to share like a photo, web page, Apple Music song, or podcast, you can ask ‌Siri‌ to send it to a friend or family member and ‌Siri‌ will do so. siri sharing ios 15
If it’s something that can’t be shared, like a Messages thread, ‌Siri‌ will make a screenshot and send that. All you have to do is say “Send this to ” and ‌Siri‌ will confirm the request and then send it along.

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This feature works with ‌Apple Music‌, Apple Podcasts, Apple News, Maps, web pages, photos, Messages, and more. Improved Context Between Requests
‌Siri‌ in ‌iOS 15‌ can better maintain context between voice requests. So if you ask something like “How late is the Taco Bell open?” and then “How long does it take to get there?” ‌Siri‌ will understand that “there” is the Taco Bell from the previous request.

siri contextual requests
This tends to work only when there’s a single option, because in a situation with multiple Taco Bells, ‌Siri‌ needs clarification. For that reason, the contextual improvements are limited. Contacts
‌Siri‌ also understands that if there’s a contact on the screen, that’s the person that you want to talk to.

So if you have the contacts app open to a specific person, are chatting with someone in Messages, get a Message notification, or miss a call, you can say something like “Message them I’m on my way” and ‌Siri‌ will know to send it to the relevant contact that you’ve just interacted with or have open. ios 15 contextual messaging
HomeKit Improvements
‌Siri‌ can now be used to control a HomeKit device at a specific time. So if you want your lights to turn off right when at 7, you can say something like “Hey ‌Siri‌, turn off the bedroom lights at 7.p.m.” This command also works for geolocation, so you can say things like “Hey ‌Siri‌, turn off the air conditioning when I leave.”

siri ios 15 timed homekit commands
When you ask ‌Siri‌ to control a ‌HomeKit‌ product this way, it creates an automation in the Home app under the “Automation” section. If you want to delete an Automation ‌Siri‌ has created, you can do so in the Home app. ‌HomeKit‌ developers can also add ‌Siri‌ support to their products in ‌iOS 15‌, but using ‌Siri‌ commands with third-party devices does require the user to have a HomePod to route requests through. With ‌Siri‌ integration, customers will be able to use their ‌HomeKit‌ products for ‌Siri‌ commands like setting reminders, controlling devices, broadcasting messages, and more.

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