iPhone 4S comes with “world changing” voice recognition from Siri

iPhone 4S comes with “world changing” voice recognition from Siri
The iPhone 4S is finally here! It might not be the ground-breaking redesigned product everyone had hoped for, but it does pack some ground-breaking features - among them voice recognition from Siri, which basically is the much rumored about voice assistant. Siri is exclusive for the 4S only.

How does it differ from the rest of voice recognition services? It doesn’t just recognize your voice, it actually communicates back. It’s “world changing” if we are to believe Siri co-founder Norman Winarsky, but we need more details than that.

There are plenty of situations where you can use voice, and that’s the exact point of Siri. It aims to cover not just a couple of features - it doubles virtually the majority of situations you’d encounter, or at least that’s how it looks like from the Apple demo. 

Scott Forstall started with a simple check of the weather and went on to look up information on Wikipedia. Here’s how the demo went and the responses you can anticipate from Siri:

“What is the weather like today?” The weather app pops up with the appropriate info.
“Do I need a raincoat today?” It sure looks like rain today.
“What is the time in Paris?” You get an answer from Siri.
"Wake me up tomorrow at 6am." Siri responds "Okay, I set it for 6am."
“How’s the NASDAQ doing today?” The stocks app shows you the NASDAQ status.
"Find me a great Greek restaurant in Palo Alto." You get to pick from a list of restaurants.
“Give me directions to Hoover Tower.” Directions are displayed directly on the map.

When you receive a message while wearing a headset, you can just say read out my message loud and Siri will obey.
“Do I have any meetings Friday at noon.” Siri checks it for you.
“Reply I can do Friday.” Siri automatically composes a text message and you just push send.

Scott then makes a calendar appointment using Siri, followed by a reminder about calling his wife. Additionally, you can search Wikipedia or look up definitions all by voice. 

We remember Siri’s Winarsky say earlier: "Make no mistake: Apple's 'mainstreaming' artificial intelligence in the form of a Virtual Personal Assistant is a groundbreaking event. I'd go so far as to say it is a world-changing event."

Does it live up to those expectations for you?

source: Apple via Engadget
Images courtesy of Engadget.

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  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A5, Dual-core, 800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB



1. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

there are apps on the market that does similar stuff ..very good implementation but demos always looks good,how will it work in real world environment and is it ground breaking....not really

2. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

no its google voice + Where with a minor change in how it responds. wooptie dooo da day. no.. game changing is that text 2 snail mail app.. lololol

4. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

google voice can probably do this already,siri is just more streamlined and elegant...google probably will streamline it in ICS or Jellybean...real let down but being apple they will still sell in millions sadly

7. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

its functionality and interface will far excede what is in android. that said, i am very disappointed today. bummer of an announcement.

9. Samdroid unregistered

far excede? Adroid has far exceded Apple with all features. This is all on my Galaxy S2 and the functionality and interface is awesome. Google had it 2 years ago so Apple is still playing catchup. That a total Joke of a launch. Same phone with technology that is two years old. Wow!

22. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

am happy with the spec but i just wanted a redesign,something at least...siri does look impressive if it works as advertised...if we dont have to change are accents and slow down then thats awesome...its an advanced version of googles voice control and more functional but am sure google have something similar planned for ICS...either way lol i dont really use voice control...there is an app called speaktoit assisstant on the market which is in early beta but is similar to siri such as asking question etc...am guessing many of siri features will be easily replicated by other apps such as vlingo etc...am sure siri will be available on ip4 via jailbreak so cant wait to test it out....

24. daveywavey unregistered

I am inclined to agree. It's integration with other apps and expanded functionality make it superior to the android version. Sure, my evo always knows what words i am saying, but if i tried to tell my phone to do something, it can't. it doesn't understand me in the way the voice recognition will(or, so it seems).

18. AppleFanboy

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

Lol its always just a "minor change" if you dont like it good, just buy stupid Android and continue with your sorry ass life...

21. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Agreed. Until I use it, I won't call it world changing but this looks a little more than a minor upgrade. iOS5's notification bar is a minor upgrade from the pull-down menu. Siri (at least from the promo-video I watched) seems a little more than a minor upgrade. The announcement today sucked though.

3. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

make it work perfectly in a noisy environment, and then ill be impressed.

11. Samdroid unregistered

Samsung already did on the S2.

5. Phullofphil

Posts: 1822; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

its kind of cool nothing my iphone 4 cant do

15. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

shuuuuush don't tell people you have an iphone 4,tell them you have a iphone 4s,they won't know the difference lol

32. Mr. Jay unregistered

I agree...that's funny

6. Phullofphil

Posts: 1822; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

and android kinda does a pretty good job at that

8. Shangri-La

Posts: 76; Member since: Oct 04, 2011

"Whats' the best cell phone in the world?" The phone shows a Samsung Galaxy S2.

12. Samdroid unregistered

hahahahahahah! I love my S2

10. Samdroid unregistered

Android had this “world changing” voice recognition two years ago. gotta love that market machine. And on the S2 it is flawless.

13. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

I'm sure the iPhone 4's A4 processor can handle this, even my old HTC Hero could handle voice to text and voice commands really well. It's a really nice feature and if Apple don't put it on iPhone 4 I hope there'll be a jailbreak tweak that does it...

14. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

You know i had to come here to see all the hate. They act like they dont care but they click to read the post, lol

16. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

The only world changing part of this is changing for the worst,all islaves repeateditly shouting into the phone to activate stuff as it fails to pick up their voice or accent on a crowded bus......even more painful than normal!

17. Dave unregistered

I will preface this by saying that I never owned an iphone but I can appreciate what people like about it. IOS is the smoothest UI out there and it rarely has bugs or lags in it. It is behind android hardware wise and feature wise, but honestly when they do add a feature, they make sure that it is right. They can probably attribute this to the uniformity of the platform, but I digress. I own a Nexus S 4g and will most likely be getting the Nexus Prime and ICS as soon as it is feasible for me to do so. Ice Cream Sandwhich hopefully will unify the fragmentation in Android and eventually lead to a more stable experience for all Android Users. That being said, if you really pay attention to the details about what this new service does, it is different than that offered currently in Android. Granted it is indisputable that Android had the technology integrated first. However with this application on the new Iphone 4s, you can talk to phone in your natural language and the phone will interpret what you told it, and respond verbally to you and act accordingly. Android's voice technology is dependent on certain key words that trigger the software to act. If I get a text message and subsequently active google voice and tell it to: "Read me the new message"; my Nexus S will Search the internet for the phrase "Read me the new message". If you watch the demos of this and try to duplicate what they are doing, you will not get the same result. Clearly there are ways to do this on Android, but they just are not nearly as user friendly as with this Siri.Technically you honestly cannot say that the exact same technology is available on Android currently. There may be apps aside from stock google voice on the market that give an attempt at this. But I have used them, and they are not nearly as advanced and user friendly as what was demoed today. Having said all that, I personally do not like IOS as much as Android. I like the freedom and features that Android allows you. Personally I am excited for the next update to the OS because I feel like the User Interface could run smoother, there could be less Force closes, and there could be less lag in general with Gingerbread on my Nexus s. (From what I have seen the latter two complaints are generally fixed with the current Android models with a Dual Core Processor, which will be included in my next phone purchase.) I hope ICS will fix my gripes. I realize I have written a lot. Sorry. Anyway, It gets on my nerves sometimes when people badmouth any OS or phone manufacturer without correct information and with half-truths. I call a spade a spade. Oh well that's my two cents.

19. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Kudos for your objective and candid response.

23. Penny

Posts: 1860; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Agreed. Very good response Dave. Whether you are an iOS fan or an Android fan, you should be able to put your emotions aside and look at the product objectively. I am not an iPhone fan personally, but a dual core processor, dual core gpu, and small upgrade to iOS 5 makes for a pretty good product in my mind. As for this Siri technology...it may not be a brand new invention, but it certainly is a logical and appropriate progression of existing technology. At its core, if implemented as well as Apple is hoping, it allows the user to speak naturally to the phone so that the user is not required to memorize keywords. I have WP7 Mango and it has some nice voice command features of its own, but I'm not going to be a fanboy and say that it is as extensive or natural as the one Apple just introduced. Give credit where credit is due. If you automatically say "well Apple sucks because it didn't completely reinvent the wheel," you are setting a double standard unless you expect every phone to feature some brand new inventions.

28. Cyd07

Posts: 83; Member since: Oct 03, 2011

Well...an objective statement. And more than that, I agree with every word. Don't be sorry to write "a lot" : if you combined all the fanboys comments together (all the "apple sucks" - "Android is too good, it will kill Apple" - "Android is s**t" - whatever you want), they speak a lot more than you. Sadly.

20. startrek unregistered

I believe apple rip the idea from startrek movie

25. finalstate unregistered

I do think that the Siri idea and implication was pretty good but other than that you have a very slightly upgraded iPhone 4. I was pretty disappointed and many others were as well as apples stock showed today. I'm a gs2 owner formally an iPhone 4 owner and have to say with that little of a total upgrade why go for a iPhone 4s? I'm even contimplating turning in my gs2 for a nexus prime.

26. Kease

Posts: 36; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

This technology had been around since blackberry pearl 8100. It's pre serious even. Albeit each new iteration adds some kind of improvement. I mean even cars do this now.

27. Kease

Posts: 36; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

*Pre droid

29. gargoyle

Posts: 14; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

i am a android fan but when looking at a phone first u look at the specs. For apple to compete with the android phones out they had to upgrade some key features. trolling the websites i have found these to be what most pp have been looking for. 1) had to at least have a duel core - done 2) bump up the camera to at least a 8mp - done 3) come out with a upgraded ios - done 4) have a bigger screen - missed now the only big thing they missed was the screen size, pp already are using the 3.5 inch screen and loving it so is this going to be a deal breaker (i am not sure). personally i would not go below a 4inch screen but that's my preference

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