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How Apple Intelligence is changing the way you use Siri on your iPhone | TechCrunch

How Apple Intelligence is changing the way you use Siri on your iPhone | TechCrunch
How Apple Intelligence is changing the way you use Siri on your iPhone | TechCrunch

After years of rumors about Apple’s lack of innovation when it comes to Siri, Apple has announced that it will launch a smarter version of its digital assistant this fall. Thanks to Apple Intelligence, the company’s generative AI offering, and a partnership with OpenAI, Siri is getting a number of new features and updates.

Here’s what’s changing with Siri and what you can do with the digital assistant with the introduction of Apple Intelligence.

ChatGPT integration

ChatGPT in use on iOS, as presented during WWDC 2024
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Siri will soon be able to access OpenAI’s ChatGPT to answer certain questions. For example, if you need recipe ideas for making a meal using ingredients from your garden, you can ask Siri and Siri will automatically pass that information on to ChatGPT to generate some options for you.

You can attach photos to the questions you ask ChatGPT through Siri, or ask questions about documents or PDFs. Let’s say you’re out walking and you come across a flower you like, but you don’t know what it’s called. You can take a photo of it and ask Siri what it’s called and where to find it.

You don’t need a ChatGPT account, but you do need to give Siri permission to access the service.

Personal context awareness

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With Apple Intelligence, Siri is aware of your personal context and can therefore perform actions that are tailored specifically to you. Siri can use the information available on your device to find what you are looking for.

For example, if you can’t remember whether your friend Alice sent you a recipe via text or email, you can ask Siri to “pull up the recipe Alice sent a few days ago.” Or if you need to quickly find your passport number when booking a flight, you can ask Siri to pull it from your emails or pictures and automatically fill it in a required field.

Improved language comprehension

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Apple is making it easier for people to communicate with Siri: The assistant is now able to better understand natural language. Even if you stumble over your words while speaking to Siri, the assistant will still be able to understand you. For example, you can say, “Siri, set an alarm, oh wait, no, set a timer for 10 minutes. Or actually five.” Siri will understand what you say.

You can also ask Siri follow-up questions without repeating the context. For example, if you ask Siri where your next family reunion will be, it will tell you the location. You can then ask, “What’s the weather like there?” without having to say the name of the location.

Tap Siri

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Until now, you could only communicate with Siri using your voice. With Apple Intelligence, you can text Siri even if you don’t want to speak out loud. All you have to do is double-tap the button on your iPhone or iPad screen to ask Siri a question.

The option to text Siri is handy when you’re in a quiet environment and can’t speak out loud. Or maybe you’re in a noisy environment. Texting Siri is a great way to make sure your request is clearly understood.

Siri now has product knowledge

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Siri now has more information about Apple products and services, so if you have a question about your Apple device, you can ask Siri for help. This includes how to use a feature for the first time on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

For example, you can ask Siri how to schedule a text message to send later, and Siri will give you step-by-step instructions on how to do it. Otherwise, you would have to go into your settings and navigate to a help page if you need more information about your device.

Consciousness on the screen

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Siri can now understand what’s on your screen and take actions based on what you’re currently seeing on your device. For example, if your friend texts you a new address, you can tell Siri to add the address to their contact card.

Or if your friend suggests a TV show on Apple TV+, you can ask Siri to open it.

Take action across all apps

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Apple Intelligence enables Siri to perform actions in and across apps. You can ask Siri to enhance a photo for you in the Photos app, then ask the digital assistant to send it to a specific person in Messages. You don’t need to open each app or do the tasks, because Siri can perform actions in both apps on its own.

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