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Siri on the iPhone 4S

Hello there readers. Well, with the back to school season well on its way, I thought it would be appropriate to talk about a feature on the iPhone 4s called Siri.

Since the birth of the iPhone 4s, there has been a dictation feature on each and every new iDevice built  in the last year.

However, a feature which is not installed on every iDevice is the Siri voice assistant.

What is Siri, you might all be wondering?

Well, imagine telling your T.V. or computer that you want to do a certain task.  Siri on the iPhone does, and quite well I might add.

With Siri you can

  • Get a report on your stocks,
  • create an appointment in your calendar,
  • set reminders such as when you should be taking certain medications or when you need to complete a chore in the house,
  • text message another individual who has a cellphone,
  • and so much more.

Siri also allows you to dictate notes and allows you to put punctuations in your note such as comma's and periods, and you can even tell your device to create a new line to insert a new paragraph of text.

It is true that such dictation features exist now on the newly-released Mac OS Mountain Lion, and the dictation feature exists on the new iPad, but unlike simple dictation, Siri includes a large set of commands and so on to make it more indispensable than the dictation feature of the newly-released Mac OS Mountain Lion.

Who knows if the complete Siri feature will be implemented in all Apple devices, this remains to be seen.

How does Siri work?

First of all, you need to go in to the settings panel of the iPhone and choose the Siri menu option located under the general page.

Once there, you can turn Siri on and configure several options to have it function the way you want it to.

Once you have configured Siri, simply return to your home screen.  You are now ready to use the Siri function.

To use the Siri function, simply hit the home button on your iPhone and hold it down for about two seconds. You will hear a series of beeps, and Siri will ask you what you want it to do.

At this point, you could tell it to wake you up at 7am.  Siri will then set an alarm, and turn it on for you, so that you can wake the next day when the alarm sounds.

You can also tell Siri to call a friend of yours, or simply ask it to give you the temperature outside. In order to use Siri you will need to have a cellular or WiFi connection.  If none of these requirements are met, Siri will not work, as it is network dependent.

I encourage anyone who has an iPhone to try this feature out.  Remember you must have an iPhone 4s, the first generation iPhone 4 will not work, again you must have the iPhone 4S in order to use this feature.

I have heard through the grapevine that the iPhone 5 is supposed to be released in the Fall 2012 , it will be interesting to see what new features apple will add in the iPhone 5.


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