Apple iPhone X to use Sleep/Wake/Power button to "turn on" Siri

With the Apple iPhone X (or iPhone Edition) set to take center stage at the Steve Jobs Theater on Apple's campus in just nine days, information about the tenth anniversary iPhone is slowly leaking out. According to a tweet disseminated by Guilherme Rambo, an iOS developer out of Brazil, Apple iPhone X owners will activate Siri by holding the Sleep/Wake/Power button. Without a home button to press on the tenth anniversary model, this gesture and the "Hey Siri" phrase can be used to activate the virtual assistant.

According to a recent report by Bloomberg, many of the home button's functions are being moved to the software bar. This will also include a dock that resembles the one that Apple iPad users will get with iOS 11.

The Sleep/Wake/Power button already wears many different hats. Pressing it will unlock (or wake) the handset. Pressing it again will lock the phone. A longer press will power off the unit. If a user needs to summon help, five quick taps on the button will call 911 (or the local equivalent in another country). It is also tied into the new Cop Mode that temporarily disables Touch ID until the next time the passcode is typed in. This prevents a law enforcement officer from examining the contents of an iPhone without the user's permission.

At this point, we are unsure what the gesture to activate Siri will precisely entail. All will be known on September 12th. Stay tuned!

source: @_inside via SlashGear



1. therealestmc

Posts: 680; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

If Apple f**ks this up with the new iPhone I will get an android phone.

3. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

Well, no one's stoping you.

2. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

That's a lot of functionality for just one button, I especially like the press 5 times to call 911. Though I think that stripping a few of those features from that button and reimplementing them elsewhere would make for a better user experience, that's just my opinion.

4. cmdacos

Posts: 4371; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Hello Bixby button

8. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I have a pretty strong suspicion that's the squeezable frame of the next Pixel devices will use this as a method to trigger Google assistant. I think the requirement to say a command to launch the virtual assistant software is awkward, which I think Samsung's Bixby button is an excellent alternative, as is (potentially), what I suspect Google is doing with the Pixel 2. Though having both is best I think.

14. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Umm, are you familiar with Android? Because with Nexuses, Pixels, Motorolas, Sony's, and a number of other Android smartphones you can just use your voice to talk to Google Assistant.

15. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If anything the squeezing in the sides of the smartphone will be customizable. So most likely there will be an option for that as well.

16. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

If anything, you're jumping to conclusions as Google has yet to come public with what it intended to utilize the squeezable side for. And yes, I am familiar with the brands you referenced as I had the original Moto X, currently have a Nexus 6P, and plan on getting a Pixel 2. and as I stated in my initial statement, using a trigger phrase can be awkward, I would rather in one fell swoop simply pick up my device, activate the virtual assistant and ask a question and not worry about whether or not it'll recognize my voice, or mistakenly accept a command from someone who's not me, for example, I've had my phone respond to a Motorola commercial a while back that had highlighted the Google Now command. Now I'm not saying that the option to use voice commands to activate the feature should be removed. I think that they do indeed have their value and I believe that in a few instances, people might have been saved using this feature, but I think having an effortless launching method aside from a verbal command would be ideal for a lot of people.

19. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Ignore the tardmuffin above. His ability to comprehend what he reads is about the same as a cat's ability to comprehend Andromeda's position from the Milky Way. Basically... non-existent.

22. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

lol, No kidding, he was referencing the functionality I had already details in the first post. "Lights are on but no one is home"... maybe? lol

5. MEeee

Posts: 440; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

iPhone X from the coming foldable Galaxy X now this Bixby button If this was Samsung. Everyone would say Samsung copied Apple Silly button. By the way Note 4 already has the bokeh effect that also can be turn on and off after taking the phone.

36. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Long, long time ago there were NOKIA N8, NOKIA 808, NOKIA 1020. They had options to add REFOCUS, after the picture is taken. So, stop worshipping Samsung and Apple, for something invented, implemented and made with precision long before them. Apple at least innovate. Samsung is more in copycat business.

38. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Will you pls tell what Apple has innovated after Steve Jobs. Even Steve Woznaik also said Apple has not innovated anything after jobs.

6. Xilam unregistered

X is a Roman numeral for 10, as in 10th anniversary! Why did Samsung call their "X"? Two years ago when I had my 5s - there were apps in the App Store that add bikeh effects, too.

23. MEeee

Posts: 440; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Bokeh effect is built in the Note 4 cam and is called selective focus. You can change the Bokeh affect before or after the photo is taking.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31748; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

9 more days, and we won't be guessing.

9. YeahYeah

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Copying Samsung again and again.. Sounds like Bixby button.

10. tedkord

Posts: 17505; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Just stop.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31748; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

How so? I guess a dedicated button.

12. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Yup, just like how Samsung copied Google's Google Assistant, and Google Copied Siri, and Siri copied... whatever the hell the voice activated computer interface from Star Trek: The Next Generation was called.... There's nothing wrong with progressing/improving your product with inspiration from others.

27. MEeee

Posts: 440; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Don't forget Voice Talk came out way before Siri. Does "Hi Galaxy" sounds familiar?...."Hey Siri"

30. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Never heard of it, it must have never caught on.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31748; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Note 8 camera vs iPhone 7+ No contest!!!!

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31748; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I wanna see it vs the iPhone 8. Beating the 7 Plus is easy, it's got a great camera...not an awesome one.

32. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It's gonna beat the 8 too. Because the focus will be AT. Not taking great photos. Will Apple bring dual pix to the edition model? Maybe. Remember, the iPhone 7 camera was pegged worse than the 6 cameras. And it couldn't even beat the D6....a 2 year old phone. Didn't stand a chance against s8 either

33. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Or the S7's

35. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

"It's gonna beat the 8 too." So you know the future Techie. This is your dream!!!!

28. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

2 awsome cameras. Can't go wrong with either one. Like the skins on the Note.

29. darkkjedii

Posts: 31748; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I wouldn't mind having both (iPhone 8 & Note 8), but I won't buy another phone that doesn't do split screen's that important to me. Picture in picture, floating window is as well, which is why I like the iPad so much more now.

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