Rumor: "Hey Siri" will call up the virtual assistant on an unplugged Apple iPhone 6s

With hours remaining until the Apple iPhone 6s and Apple iPhone 6s Plus are unveiled, a report published today says that iPhone 6s users will be able to call for the virtual assistant hands-free by saying "Hey Siri," even when the phone is unplugged. Since iOS 8, iPhone users saying the phrase "Hey Siri" can access the virtual assistant without pressing any buttons, but only when an iPhone is plugged in.

Since none of the iOS 9 betas support an unplugged "Hey Siri" feature, this is most likely something that Apple has added to the hardware for the Apple iPhone 6s. The feature is similar to the "Ok Google" phrase used by Android users to get Google to open a website, dictate a message, make a phone call, and handle various operations of the phone.

This explains the invitation that Apple sent out for tomorrow's media event. The invite showed the top of the Apple logo with the words, "Hey Siri, give us a hint" inside the logo. Many (yours truly included) continually asked Siri for a hint, hoping that she would cough up some information about what is going to go down tomorrow at San Francisco's Bill Graham Auditorium. As it turned out, the hint was already included in the beginning of the sentence.

source: AppleInsider

Related phones

iPhone 6s
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9 APL0898, Dual-core, 1840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1715 mAh(14h 3G talk time)
iPhone 6s Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9, Dual-core, 1840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2750 mAh(24h 3G talk time)



1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31314; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good, cause "Ok Google" works flawlessly.

3. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Ikr, I've probably accidentally tried using "okay Google" about a dozen times since I got an iPhone. Such a useful feature.

15. AlikMalix unregistered

Funny thing is, you can: "Hey siri, open Google Now" and without touching anything else "ok Google, blah blah blah!" (it works because Siri can launch apps and if you have Google Now installed - it will launch it at which point Google Now will listen for "OK google"...)

26. engineer-1701d unregistered

how is that anything like what jedi is talking about or commentator open google now is just an app ok google is assistant and web page and anything else like ok google send a text to mom hi how are u or ok google what time is the sea hawks game tonight not a ok google open google now and then ask another q

31. AlikMalix unregistered

Hey, I kept rereading my post and the first sentence needed to be edited but was too late. This wasn't as a reply to what anyone said, just the "by-the-way, it's a dumb trick, but..." kind of a post. It is not what anyone was talking about - just barely relevant since he was talking of accidentally saying "ok Google" on iOS device. It's a horrible and useless trick, and using just Siri for anything you'd use Google now for will work - like the examples you posted. Sorry bad wording.

36. darkkjedii

Posts: 31314; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lol, I love that feature. No plugs, just speech.

8. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

lmao I tried using OK Google from my smartwatch (Moto 360) and it took me to Pornhub...

6. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

So, I tell my Apple TV "Hey Siri" and my iPad, iPhone and all answer me? No thanks!

25. AlikMalix unregistered

He-he, I tried that with iPad and iPhone and it's amazing how different and natural siri's responses are even when asked at the same time, same question.

28. engineer-1701d unregistered

nope does not work like that and also ok google is trained to your voice so others dont open it by mistake

34. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

That's Google Now. We don't know if Hey Siri uses the same 'training' as Now. It's very useful though, cuz you can now use Google Now from screen-off, and luckily it doesn't turn on unless I say it when it's just sitting on my desk, but that's a super useful new feature, It truly is hands free. I wonder what Apple's would be like....

7. jojon

Posts: 435; Member since: Feb 11, 2014, "Hey Siri", now it is just like Windows with their "Hey Cortana" ..that's great. I knew IOS would catch up soon

11. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

That's pretty funny, especially since Apple came out with "hey Siri" before Ms came out with "hey Cortana"... Hey Cortana was released with WP 8.1.1 last December, while Hey Siri was released with iOS 8 last September.

20. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

So when did this become a feature with Cortana? I know Motorola had this ability with Google Now on their Moto X and Droid Maxx back in 2013.

22. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Yep, Google/Moto did it first, with Okay Google Now on the X, and Okay Google on the Nexus 5. Apple and MS were a year late.

29. engineer-1701d unregistered

but cortana started dev in 09

35. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

And Siri began dev in 07.

38. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I started development on a Facebook like webpage long before Facebook ever existed, doesn't mean a damn thing if I fail to deliver when it matters.

14. AlikMalix unregistered

Thank you jojon, now I'm gonna file you under "I dont know iOS that well, but I'm gonna troll it anyway" section...

9. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

This is one thing Android does well. I use the ok Google quite a bit. I will have to adjust to hey Siri. They say this is a hardware thing not having to be plug up? Seems like this could be done in software.

13. AlikMalix unregistered

It can, see my post 12... I have no idea why Apple didnt enable it when they introduced "hey siri" in the begining...

30. engineer-1701d unregistered

it does funny story i walked into tocobell cause its late and got off work late and i say ok google what time does chipotle close and it reads out as i open the door and i find out 10 pm so i say hell yeah and turn around and everyone in tocobell starts laughing great times with google now

40. matistight

Posts: 997; Member since: May 13, 2009

If you jailbroke your device you could make it so Siri will activate with your voice unplugged, but it was terrible. Even with the hey Siri plugged in, it would constantly activate because it thought I was saying hey Siri in everyday conversations. Not as use able as ok google, but to be fair, I will see my moto 360 searching randomly, thinking I said something, pretty often. So they all are very sensitive haha

12. AlikMalix unregistered

"Since iOS 8, iPhone users saying the phrase "Hey Siri" can access the virtual assistant without pressing any buttons, but only when an iPhone is plugged in" That's not exactly correct. If you think you're going to need to call on siri while it's unplugged. You can enable siri (press on home button) and leave the screen on... once you're away, she'll always be listening (even if its unplugged). From this you can continously ask to change songs, text someone, call someone (she will keep speakerphone "ON" and hang up when you done), actually all of siri's functions are available at this point. If you want siri to stop listening for "hey siri" just lock the phone, or hit home button to remove Siri Screen. Given all that, I really liked when MotoX came out with "OK Google" and that was the most feature I wanted from android then... Apple copied the idea soon after, but not when charging - I know it was for battery saving reasons, but those that dont care can turn it off, or instead at least make it opt-in feature. About time Apple does it - I rely on Siri from my lock screen way, WAY too much during the day - this news is Huge for me....

17. AlikMalix unregistered

on the other note, why does PA still use that old icon for Siri articles - that icon hasnt been used since iOS6. It looks different, and even animates different when responding... and in iOS9 it will completely have it's own section...

23. pradhanmn

Posts: 71; Member since: Feb 06, 2015

Yeah,after taking the request there is a splash of random colours that looks toooo awesome.

18. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

There should really be a feature where the user can enable or disable Hey Siri while plugged in or not. I understand they currently only allow you to do it while plugged in because of battery concerns, but let the user decide. Does this really need to be hardware related? It can't be updated through software so other phones besides the 6s/6s Plus can say Hey Siri unplugged with the display off?

19. AlikMalix unregistered

Read my post #12

21. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

I'm not going to leave my screen on just to do that, that's ridiculous, and would drain the battery immensely. Having Ok Google, Moto X, S Voice, etc. always ready anytime makes much more sense whether the screen is on or off. Having it always listen will drain battery, but not as much as having the screen on all the time or remembering to turn on the screen and call up Siri just in case you want to use it later.

24. AlikMalix unregistered

Oh I agree... Just that there is a way (for now) and I've been using it like wile I work and listen to music, read texts, the batter does not drain as bad as one would seem.

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