Siri personal assistant for iOS may not have been the first personal assistant, but it sure paved the way for modern speech-based assistants. This intelligent mobile assistant aims to make easy tasks even simpler – all done through voice command.
Siri is capable of sending messages, placing calls, checking the calendar, and a whole lot more. The Siri personal assistant has so many functions, and a lot of it tends to get overlooked by users. Despite the beauty in its simplicity, there’s more to Siri than meets the eye.
Best Uses for Siri Personal Assistant
Sending messages and emails
Siri has made it so easy to send a text or an email. It understands natural human language so simply dictate your message – no typing needed!
- Activate Siri by saying, “Hey siri”
- Give your instructions like: “Send email to Tony, I will be late for dinner.”
- Siri will read back the email draft and prompt you for confirmation
- Edit the email by saying “Change it” or confirm by saying “Send it”
If you want to send a text, you can use the same commands and just change it to “Send text to Tony, I will be late for dinner.”
Making Table Reservations or Simply Making a Phone Call
While Siri Personal Assistant can’t actually make the table reservation for you, you can help steer Siri through the process with a few simples “yes” or “no” responses.
To make Table Reservations
- Say “Call Shrimp Shack.” and Siri will immediately try to put you in touch with a nearby business with that name.
- It will give you a list of businesses and once you found the right one, you can begin the call
Make a Phone Call
- Simply speak “Call 415-333-1234”
- Siri will prepare a phone call to (415) 333-1234
Mental notes don’t have to stay in your head anymore (because admit it, you forget them anyway). Make an actual note through a simple voice command.
- To create a note, say “Create a [subject title] note”
- To add a body, just say “Add, think about what to buy mom for her birthday to my [subject title] note”.
Setting Up Appointments, Timers, Alarms, and Reminders
For all of these, it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3. Here’s a few more basic commands that you should know:
- “Set up an appointment at 9am next Tuesday with Dr. Palmer.” (You can also create recurring appointments)
- “Set up a timer for any number of minutes.”
- “Set an alarm for tomorrow at 3:15AM.”
- “Set an alarm for every Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday at 8:00AM.”
- “Set a reminder for 7:00PM to start cooking dinner.”
While it still does not support third-party integrations (meaning it can’t access your Spotify playlist or add a task to your Wunderlist), Siri still has a lot of useful tricks up its sleeve.
If you’re still not sure what she can do for you, just ask. If you ask Siri “What can you help me with?” it will begin to show you a list of what it can do.
Magic – more than a machine
Complex requests require more elaborate execution that no AI is capable of handling (for this time being, at least). For example, picking up dry-cleaning and dropping it off to a specific address. Humans, in this situation, still provide a better service than Siri.
When it comes to assistance in the real world, Magic, a text-based personal assistant service is at an advantage. Magic employs a team of highly trained personal assistants working with cutting edge technology to enhance human capacity. This software remembers preferences and becomes more personalized the more you interact with it – kinda like a friend with a really good memory.
Magic is available 24/7, on-demand. It can fulfill any requests, as long as it is legal or possible. What Siri personal assistant can’t do, Magic certainly can.