Apple unveils Siri: ‘Intelligent Assistant’ for the iPhone 4S

October 4th, 2011

SiriIt wasn’t just the iPhone 4S getting an airing at Apple‘s “Let’s Talk iPhone” event in Cupertino this evening, as the firm also unveiled a feature called Siri, which lets you control you smartphone simply by talking to it.

Available exclusively on on the iPhone 4S, Siri – named after the company who made it – lets you use your voice to “send messages, schedule meetings, make phone calls and more”.

Apple VP Scott Forstall showed-off Siri’s skills, by asking his iPhone a whole bunch of questions When he asked the iPhone 4S “what’s the weather like today?” for example, it responded with the weather forecast. Additionally, when Forstall asked his phone to wake him up at 6am, Siri dutifully obliged by setting an new alarm.

That’s not all Siri’s capable of, though. It can also read messages back, search Wikipedia, schedule calendar appointments, set work reminders, transcribe text messages, search Google Maps and more.

Speaking on its official website, Apple explains: “Ask Siri to text your dad, remind you to call the dentist or send an email, and it works out which apps to use and who you’re talking about. From the details in your contacts, it knows your friends, family, boss and co-workers. So you can tell Siri things like “Text Ryan I’m on my way” or “Remind me to make a dentist appointment when I get to work” or “Call a taxi” and it knows exactly what you mean and what to do.”

[Source: Apple]