I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used Siri on mine iPhone 11 Pro Max just to time out on me while trying to make a request or dictate a message. As in “I just said all of this and you didn’t hear any of it ?!”
Sometimes Siri was so slow to react that I just angrily stopped and started typing my questions. 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.
Oh, and Siri also lets you do very cool things that you’ve never been able to do on an iPhone before.
Let’s start with speed. Since Siri in iOS 15 now offers speech processing on the device, all of your audio requests are processed on the iPhone itself via Apple’s Neural Engine. Yes, Google was here for processing on the device first Google Assistantbut the upgrade is still very welcome.
Siri can perform multiple tasks almost instantly, including starting apps, setting a timer, turning on dark mode, setting an alarm, setting reminders, and sending text messages.
Siri is getting a lot smarter in iOS 15 too. Let’s say you have several people in your contacts named Brian. Siri is smart enough to know who you contact most often and will automatically address that person if you just say their first name.
Even better, it’s now super easy to share things with contacts through Siri. You can say, “Send this to Jennifer” while looking at a photo, and Siri will automatically send a message to that contact with the picture attached. The same goes for a news article in Safari. It’s like magic.
While Siri can share things in certain apps, it instead takes a screenshot of what’s on your iPhone display when it can’t – e.g. B. the weather so you can share the current conditions. When taking this screenshot, the Siri box disappears temporarily, allowing iOS 15 to capture the entire display.
Siris IQ Boost also includes the ability to refer to contacts on the screen. For example, when you’re in the Messages app, you can say “Call her” or “FaceTime her” and iOS 15 will know exactly what to do without launching a separate app.
If you don’t want to repeat yourself, I have more good news. Siri in iOS 15 is now better at keeping context. This way you can ask all sorts of follow-up questions. For example, you can ask how many 3-pointers Luka Dončić has this year and then simply say “Show me news about him”, “How old is he?” Or “Where is he from?” and Siri flashes the answers.
There are other Siri superpowers designed to make your life easier in iOS 15, including the ability to announce notifications (handy when you’re driving or exercising). However, some of these skills require other Apple devices, such as B. the control of smart home devices at a certain time (you need a HomePod or HomePod mini) and the ability to start a show Apple TV.
Overall, Siri is becoming a feature I’ll be using all the time in iOS 15, which is a big change from its current status – as a last resort. That is progress.