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Siri: FAQs about the iPhone 4s personal assistant

Daniel Ionescu | Oct. 6, 2011
Apple baked in iOS 5 a surprise feature that allows you to have a conversation with your phone. It's called Siri: a voice-enabled personal assistant feature that uses the built-in Apple apps on an iPhone to find the information you ask it for. Here's what you need to know about Siri:

Can Siri read texts and e-mails to me?

Yes. When you receive a new text or e-mail, you can ask Siri to read you the message aloud.

Can I dictate texts or e-mails?

Yes. You can ask Siri, for example, to "Text Tom I'll be five minutes late." Siri will then display the text on screen for your confirmation before it is sent. The same method can be used for e-mails.

Can I dictate in third-party apps?

Yes, but not via Siri. Apple integrated a new microphone button in the iOS 5 keyboard that you press and start dictating your text, whether it's a Facebook status, e-mail or notes app.

Can Siri do Google searches?

Yes. You can ask Siri to search the Web via Google for any search terms. Because the queries are processed through Siri's servers, Apple will be able to see what searches are being done through its services, including your location.

 

 

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