Hello, Siri…

Siri on iPhone 4S

I’ve spent about a week with the iPhone 4S, and while the main difference from my previous iPhone is the overall increase in speed, the breakthrough technology so far has to be Siri.

Apple says “Siri on iPhone 4S lets you use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, and more” and I’ve found that to be pretty accurate.

If you don’t come into it thinking you’re on the bridge of the Enterprise and the computer can understand everything you say, it should amaze you. (In other words, set realistic expectations and you won’t be disappointed.)

The other day while driving I got a phone call and ended up setting up a doctor appointment. Once the call was finished it was extremely easy to have Siri add the appointment to my calendar. I also had Siri compose an email to myself so I’d remember to bring my insurance card to the appointment.

I wouldn’t have attempted to enter that information into my phone while driving, and without Siri I probably would have just waited until I got to where I was going to add it to my calendar. And as for texting while driving? Let Siri do it for you… Yeah, it’s that easy.

Some folks will point out that Apple didn’t exactly invent this stuff, and that’s true, but what Apple did is that they always do: take a technology, make it better, and make it mainstream. If you look at the iPhone 4S sales since its release, and consider that a good amount of those people gave Siri a try, you can imagine how this technology will only improve and gain popularity in the future.

(Although we’re all a bit disappointed Siri doesn’t have a good response to “Tea. Earl Grey. Hot”, you can ask Siri to open the pod bay doors and see what response you get back.)

October 31, 2011 · Posted by in design  

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