Other times, Siri has been so slow to respond I just rage quit and resort to typing out my queries. The good news is that Siri is getting faster in iOS 15 — much, much faster — provided you have an iPhone with an A12 Bionic chip or newer.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used Siri on my iPhone 11 Pro Max only to have it time out on me while I was trying to make a request or dictate a message. As in, “I just said all of that and you picked up none of it?!”
Oh, and Siri will also let you do very cool things you’ve never been able to do on an iPhone before.
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Lets start with the speed. Because Siri now offers on-device speech processing in iOS 15, all of your audio requests are processed on the iPhone itself via Apple’s Neural Engine. Yes, Google got here first with on-device processing for Google Assistant, but the upgrade is still very much welcome.
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Siri can complete several tasks in succession almost instantly, including launching apps, setting a timer, turning on dark mode, creating an alarm, setting reminders and sending text messages.
Siri is getting a lot smarter in iOS 15, too. Say you have multiple people in your contacts named Brian. Siri is smart enough to know which one you contact most often and will default to that person if you just say the first name.
Even better, it’s now super easy to share things with contacts via Siri. You can say, “Send this to Jennifer” while looking at a photo and Siri will automatically start a message to that contact with the image attached. Same thing goes for a news article in Safari. It’s like magic.
While Siri can share things within certain apps, when it can’t, it will take a screenshot of what’s on your iPhone’s display instead — such as the weather, so you can share the current conditions. When taking that screenshot, the Siri box temporarily disappears, so iOS 15 can capture the entire display.
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