Siri learns new commands with iOS 7, we give them a try

Siri learns new commands with iOS 7, we give them a try

Siri – the intelligent voice-operated assistant found on Apple's top mobile devices, has been getting smarter and smarter with each new iOS release. After the launch of iOS 6, for example, users could not only ask her to perform basic tasks – setting an alarm clock or taking down a note, to name a few examples, but also to launch apps, and to request restaurant or movie recommendations with Siri's aid. Of course, iOS 7 won't be an exception as a handful of new commands will be added to her repertoire. Oh, have we been saying "her" all along? Well, actually Apple has included the option to pick a male voice for Siri in iOS 7. She can also speak new languages now, such as French and German, with more to come eventually.

But let's focus on the new commands for now. With iOS 7, Siri is getting even better at looking up stuff on the internet. She is totally fine with searching for stuff on Wikipedia, Twitter, even Bing, so next time you can't remember what album Michael Jackson released in 1982, she'll be able to quickly provide you with that information. Another nice trick that Siri can perform in iOS 7 is to change some of the smartphone's settings. For example, one can just instruct her to turn up the screen's brightness or to turn the Bluetooth radio on or off. 

Interested to see how these new commands work? Well, we've got a video demonstration for you so don't hesitate to check it out. What do you think of Siri now that she's getting even more capable than before?


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30 Comments

1. cyborg009

Posts: 119; Member since: Sep 17, 2011

This is the first time I saw ios7 .. why does it look so cheap n weird.. what have they done to the OS!

2. Samsomesh

Posts: 195; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

That's nice.. But google now is better and it will get better in next android version... Android rocks.:)

18. zibbyzib2000

Posts: 221; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Cool story bro. I like how your comment is so unique from all the other Android owners on this site (sarcasm)

3. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 2013

Every time I see that gorgeous rainbow it makes me want to tap my heels three times and say 'there's no place like iHome' It's just beauty-ful!!

14. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

i got a laugh out of that lol

4. YourNightmare

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

I am curious, what benefit u get from Siri? I used my GF iPhone5 like about 4months now and never needed siri... I'm not hating instead really looking forward to know what useful things u can do with her

11. thenoodge

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

Siri does alot of neat things make alarms search the web pull up gps make notes send text but it is a rarely used feature more of a gimmick i used it when i first got my iphone for like a week then rarely ever unless im showing someone i dont use it any more

27. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

I myself disagree with you I constantly use it for calls when driving, as well as for text, alarms and reminders, not much web search, some questions possibly and toggles while driving, may remind you I am running IOS 7 so toggles possible at the moment, dont know if the new IOS 7 is that ground breaking, would need to keep looking and see if there are more bugs, because of course is still in beta and there are plenty of things not working right.

29. thenoodge

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

I also have IOS 7 i do like it being able to toggle bluetooth and wifi i have used that a lot more in the past few days my phone hooks to my car when im driving probably why i dont use siri as much if it didnt i would

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The best assistant just got a little better. Kudos apple, this is the direction you need to keep moving in. Ios7 looks to be a home run deep to center.

6. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

I wonder how many people actually use these "assistants" on daily basis and as a integral part of there smartphone usage. Literally everyone I know whether it's the iPhone 4s/5 siri or Google now or s voice on android none of them including myself use it.. Only time we do use it is just "show off" to people who don't have it lol..

13. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I use google now all he time, i get estimated times for places I need to be so im never late, I can take pictures of stuff and find out more infor about that item, I can ask it how is the weather in x country or how is going to be today and its faster than opening the weather app... I thought settings was a good idea but by looking at the stuff there is would be easy to swipe down (up for ios) and tap a button

8. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 2013

I completely agree and I absolutely LOVE the beautiful and soft new feeling of iOS7. I think Apple will hit a home run, especially with us girls.

10. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

I agree, the girly and girly man will love this... hahahah

15. affandi

Posts: 85; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Apple did have u girls in mind when designing iOs 7, you and kids.. that's their target audience.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

One of the reasons apple makes billions.

17. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 2013

Yes, and I can't wait for iPhone 5S so I can complete my Barbie dream house.

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well have at it. And while you're at it, continue to be stupid.

22. kenobi

Posts: 35; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Some said it's look like android or windows phone. Not that I have that narrow view either but, from related to what u said, i think I know better now the majority of users of those. That's why S3 has flower and S4 has balloons as wallpaper. I see.

30. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Dark, stop being an Apple homer...Siri was not the best before the update..lol

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I use Siri for GPS, and appointments a lot. And for show times, and scores.

9. pkiran1996

Posts: 166; Member since: Oct 22, 2011

As a dedicated Android user, I must admit the new Siri interface looks beautiful

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Solid update

19. dhmcop

Posts: 11; Member since: Dec 12, 2012

I do not like the new look of iOS 7. But I do want the new functionality!

20. wafflemuncherr

Posts: 23; Member since: May 29, 2013

I rarely use Siri but I gotta say the wavy animation while it listens looks neat.

21. krimHD

Posts: 106; Member since: May 23, 2012

ios7 is beautiful to but its just to damn colorful.

24. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Im using nexus 4, however this new siri seems more functional than google voice by a long shot.

25. palmguy

Posts: 965; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

I thought Apple said Siri had a nicer more human voice. This voice always reminds me of the character on the PJ's cartoon with the voice box.

26. Sitchiro

Posts: 6; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

eventhough that apple is adding up features for SIRI, come to think of this, SIRI is in BETA version as of the moment. So far there are lots of BUGS in terms of using SIRI in giving command like calling, places ETC. I hope that when they release IOS 7, SIRI is not in BETA version.

28. bootroot

Posts: 35; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

I hope Siri recognize contact names better than vocal command on iphone4 Cause it is really bad "Call Peter Small" "Calling boby wood" ! I wonder how it could be so bad even in quiet environments!

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