According to Apple, Siri handles 25 billion requests a month – a huge number for a feature that was only released nine years ago. However, when you think about how much work Apple has put into Siri over the years, it makes sense that the virtual assistant is becoming increasingly popular among users with iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS, AirPods, and HomePod.
With iOS in particular, each new iteration makes Siri more useful and powerful, and iOS 14 is no exception. While there aren’t quite as many new features and changes in iOS 14 as there were in iOS 13, the latest update is still one that you’ll want to try out. It’s got a whole new look, there̵
1. Siri got a compact makeover
Apple has reinterpreted the Siri experience with a redesigned user interface that is compact and clear. Instead of taking up the entire screen and disrupting your activities, the personal assistant is now only displayed in the form of a colorful ball at the bottom of the screen.
After you’ve spoken, answers, results, and content to interact with appear as notification-like cards at the top of the screen. When Siri has a question for you or a comment about an outcome, it will appear as a smaller, unworkable banner at the bottom above the sphere.
2. Siri can answer additional questions
According to Apple, Siri knows 20 times more facts than it did a few years ago. While this isn’t exactly an iOS 14 accomplishment, the AI answers broader questions with the new update. It uses the internet more effectively to answer questions it doesn’t immediately know and offers better answers than previous versions of iOS. There is still a lot to be done, but it keeps getting better.
3. Siri can record and send audio messages for you
Audio messages were only available for recording and sending from within the Messages app – and only for iMessage conversations. Now Siri can do this for you. Regardless of whether Apple intended it to work or not, it works with MMS text messages and sends recordings as simple audio files to Android users.
Simply ask Siri to “send an audio message to.” [Name]”Siri then records the audio message and gives you the option to listen to it, rerecord, cancel and send it to the contact. You can also do this through CarPlay. With third-party messaging apps that use SiriKit, you can To do this, do the same in their apps.
4. Siri can translate into more languages
Siri has always been able to translate from one language to another, but iOS 14 now has a lot more options with support for over 65 language pairs. The new translator app Siri is using in these cases is designed for conversation, meaning the translations are not as mechanical as they were before and the iPhone uses the built-in Neural Engine so you don’t have to be connected to the internet to do it use it and your translations will be kept private.
The following translations can be done on Siri with iOS 14:
- English (Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Great Britain, USA) to Spanish, Mandarin, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Arabic, Korean
- Spanish (Spain, Mexico, Chile, USA) in English, Mandarin, German, French, Italian, Russian, Portuguese
- Mandarin (China) to English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean
- Taiwanese (Taiwan) to English, Japanese
- German (Germany) in English, Spanish, Mandarin, French, Italian, Russian, Portuguese
- French (France) in English, Mandarin, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian
- Portuguese Italian (Italy) in English, Spanish, Mandarin, German, French, Russian, Portuguese
- Italian (Italy) in English, Spanish, Mandarin, German, French, Russian, Portuguese
- Japanese (Japan) to English, Mandarin, Korean
- Russian (Russia) to English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese
- Portuguese (Brazil) to English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Russian
- Arabic (United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia) in English
- Korean (Korea) to English, Mandarin, Japanese
5. Siri can give you cycling instructions
Google Maps has been allowing you to find directions from one place to another for a while now, and Apple has finally added this feature to its native Maps app as well. As with regular instructions in maps, the new bike instructions are compatible with Siri.
Just ask Siri for directions to a specific location. An example would be “What are bike directions to Lafayette Park” as shown below. If Siri doesn’t understand which site you mean, it will display options on the screen for you to choose from. Once your location is verified, Siri will direct you to Maps and give you suggestions for directions.
6. Siri can split your ETA into cards
Another new feature is the ability to ask Siri to provide your Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) through the Maps app. To send your ETA to someone, you must already start with directions in Apple Maps. When you share your ETA, your name and Apple ID email address will also be shared. Therefore, only share your ETA with trusted friends and family members.
To do this, say “Share my ETA [Name]. ‘You can also say’ Share my ETA ‘but you will then be prompted to select a contact. So it is better to say the contact name the first time so that no additional steps are required. The ETA will only appear in Apple Maps, so the person you share the ETA with has to go into Apple Maps to see it. When you go into Apple Maps, you will see everyone you share your ETA with at the bottom of the screen and say Share your ETA Tell Siri to “stop sharing” ETA.
7. Siri has voices in different languages
Apple’s new voice for Siri, which uses Natural Text to Speech technology to give the virtual assistant a natural-sounding voice, was released in iOS 13, but only for the English language. In iOS 14, it’s available in different regions for the following Siri voices:
- English (Australia, India, Ireland, South Africa, Great Britain, USA)
- French (France)
- German (Germany)
- Spanish (Mexico, Spain)
- Chinese (China mainland, Hong Kong)
- Japanese (Japan)
8. Siri has improved widgets
We already had a Siri App Suggestions widget in the Today view that is still there. However, there is a new “Shortcut Suggestions” widget that gives you shortcuts to actions you think Siri wants to take, such as: For example, order a coffee in your usual coffee shop or start a podcast when you get into your car. Just tap the suggestions and it’ll work without launching the app.
Siri app and shortcut suggestions both use device information, so you don’t have to worry about privacy issues either. Oh, and Siri’s widgets can be in your Today view, your Home Screen, or both – not just Today View as in years past.
9. Siri can recognize possible reminders in email
According to Apple, Siri can recognize possible reminders in new emails and suggests adding them to the reminders app. You could already add reminders from email manually, but now it’s automated. We haven’t found any Siri suggestions for Mail to Reminders yet, so this may not be completely ready. On the other hand, we’ve only seen a few Siri suggestions for reminder messages since it was released in iOS 13, so Siri can probably do some work in this department overall.
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