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Siri, Apple's voice-driven personal assistant, will become even more helpful with iOS 7 by granting users the ability to control settings such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and even screen brightness.

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By holding the home button and invoking Siri, users can issue a command such as "increase the brightness," or "turn off Bluetooth." Users can also enable or disable the new built-in flashlight functionality.

When asked to turn on "Airplane Mode," Siri will even warn users that it will no longer be functional, as the software requires an Internet connection to operate.

Settings that are changeable are accompanied by onscreen controls that a user can manually change by tapping. For functions that Siri is not able to accomplish, such as enabling "Personal Hotspot", disabling LTE, or turning off location services, the system provides a quick link to the respective section in the Settings application.

In the first iOS 7 beta, the full list of settings that can be controlled by Siri are:
  • Bluetooth
  • Wi-Fi
  • Airplane Mode
  • Brightness
  • Flashlight

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On some settings, such as lowering the volume, Siri simply responds by saying it can't be done. It's possible such capabilities could be added to iOS 7 before its public launch this fall.

Siri is also able to play new voicemails, return missed calls, and is compatible with the new iTunes Radio feature in Apple's official Music application. Users simply ask Siri to play a saved radio station from iTunes Radio, and it will begin streaming with a tappable link to the "Now Playing" screen.Siri will gain new voices when iOS 7 launches this fall, but they are not available in Apple's first beta for developers.

With iOS 7, Siri also gains the ability to embed search results directly from Wikipedia, Twitter, and Bing. The default search engine has also been changed to Bing, rather than Google.

However, users can still have Siri return search results from Google by simply starting the query with "Search Google for?" By doing this, Siri will simply open up the Safari browser with a Google search result.

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The same can also be done with searches on Yahoo, Twitter and Wikipedia, but users cannot currently search online storefronts like Amazon, or even Apple's own iTunes.

Siri also has a new look that fits in with the redesign of iOS 7. Once activated, the software fades into view on top of whatever is currently on the screen, and a new wavelength at the bottom of the display shows Siri listening as a user speaks.

Apple has also promised even further changes to Siri that are not currently available to test in the first iOS 7 beta. Specifically, Siri's voice will be changing to become "clearer" and "more natural-sounding."

When iOS 7 becomes available this fall, users will also be able to choose between a female or male voice when interacting with Siri. Those voices will initially be available in U.S. English, French, and German.

For more information, see AppleInsider's ongoing Inside iOS 7 series, the other parts of which are included below:

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Nice !
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Finally! More benefits of Forstall being canned.
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Me: Siri, search Google for ... <siri interrupts>

Siri: World never changes. 

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It is nice.  Her searches show much more data- and it is much prettier.  I got to play around with iOS 7 on my friends phone last night (who is a developer).  For a beta- it runs very well.  The layout is excellent.  I like almost every UI change for sure.  Even the "iPhone search" function is much more intuitive.

My only UI change I don't like is the color of the background of app folders.  Outside of that- I give it a 99/100.  :)

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It is nice.  Her searches show much more data- and it is much prettier.  I got to play around with iOS 7 on my friends phone last night (who is a developer).  For a beta- it runs very well.  The layout is excellent.  I like almost every UI change for sure.  Even the "iPhone search" function is much more intuitive.
My only UI change I don't like is the color of the background of app folders.  Outside of that- I give it a 99/100.  1smile.gif
What wallpaper are you using?
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Combine these two for good old-fashioned sci-fi fun.

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Sometimes at night, I don't want to open my eyes. Now, with iOS 7 Siri, I can use the flashlight entirely by voice, and never have to open my eyes!
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Originally Posted by nagromme View Post

Sometimes at night, I don't want to open my eyes. Now, with iOS 7 Siri, I can use the flashlight entirely by voice, and never have to open my eyes!

 

What use is the flashlight with your eyes closed ?
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Cool, but I'd love to see them open it to devs. Use would skyrocket.
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What use is the flashlight with your eyes closed ?

Signaling S.O.S? ;-)
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iOS7 Siri can't open Safari. It says, "You don't have an app named Safari"
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Originally Posted by Mehak Bhatia View Post

iOS7 Siri can't open Safari. It says, "You don't have an app named Safari"
Probably a bug. report it.
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I was playing with Siri in iOS7 last night. WAY more useful than previous versions. The addition of Bing and Wikipedia searches are a nice addition to.
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Correct me if I am wrong please, but for ALL Siri commands internet connection is required? For 'most' Google Voice command requests internet is NOT required? IMO- anyways... I wish Siri did some very basic local commands with out the internet. Or does it?
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For 'most' Google Voice command requests internet is NOT required? 

Really? I thought everything related to Google uses the Internet with the possible exception of SketchUp and perhaps Picasa.

 

I'm not sure why Google voice search is so much faster than Siri but it is.

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On every April 2'nd Siri's reply should be "I can't do that, Hal" and the screen should show a red light.

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All I ask is when will Siri read me my emails or allow me to change a reminder or calendar item after if was created?
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Originally Posted by boeyc15 View Post

Correct me if I am wrong please, but for ALL Siri commands internet connection is required? For 'most' Google Voice command requests internet is NOT required? IMO- anyways... I wish Siri did some very basic local commands with out the internet. Or does it?

Can't find the article right now but you are correct. Google Search/Now doesn't require interaction with a server, Siri calls home. Thus the delay sometimes. Sure wish I could find the article, it explains better than I'm able.
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I wish siri would allow me to switch languages easily without going to settings.
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The biggest improvement I've noticed is how much faster it is. I mean, it's FAST. Very comparable to Google now speeds. The thing never spins for more than a second, and usually much less. Definitely a massively improved experience all-around, and I can't wait for the new voice as te current one has always grated me.

The interface is also gorgeous.
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Glad to see that AI is keeping to that NDA they agreed to when they downloaded the beta.

 

We've already seen a lot of whining in the press about the new UI. Doing big features on an unfinished product aren't going to help matters.

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Glad to see that AI is keeping to that NDA they agreed to when they downloaded the beta.

 

We've already seen a lot of whining in the press about the new UI. Doing big features on an unfinished product aren't going to help matters.

 

Are you serious? There's probably hundreds of thousands of people on the new beta. Everything is out there. I installed it on my touch without even a developer account. Expecting anyone to abide by an "NDA" at this point is ridiculous. There's like thousands of youtube videos already dissecting every part of the OS. Every tech blog has articles about it with screenshots. This stuff is public. What AI shows is utterly irrelevant. 

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Are you serious? There's probably hundreds of thousands of people on the new beta. Everything is out there. I installed it on my touch without even a developer account. Expecting anyone to abide by an "NDA" at this point is ridiculous. There's like thousands of youtube videos already dissecting every part of the OS. Every tech blog has articles about it with screenshots. This stuff is public. What AI shows is utterly irrelevant. 

 

I thought that this was supposed to be a Pro-Apple site? Having a bit of respect for the company that you're a fan of seems logical to me. I wonder how much this negative press is affecting Apple's stock price?

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In the first iOS 7 beta, the full list of settings that can be controlled by Siri are:
  • Bluetooth
  • Wi-Fi
  • Airplane Mode
  • Brightness
  • Flashlight

 

What is this, a joke?

You can also turn off 3G. Which is major!

post #27 of 40
Who would use Siri to control volume? Half the buttons and all of the switches on an iPfone are dedicated to volume. That's 3/5 of the hardware inputs. Siri probably doesn't understand "go to my home screen" either.
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Originally Posted by Slurpy View Post

The biggest improvement I've noticed is how much faster it is. I mean, it's FAST. Very comparable to Google now speeds. The thing never spins for more than a second, and usually much less. Definitely a massively improved experience all-around, and I can't wait for the new voice as te current one has always grated me.

The interface is also gorgeous.

 

Could the speed be due being on beta servers? In other words, when released this fall (we hope)and 300 million users start using it, do you think the speed will remain... speedy?
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Originally Posted by boeyc15 View Post

Correct me if I am wrong please, but for ALL Siri commands internet connection is required? For 'most' Google Voice command requests internet is NOT required? IMO- anyways... I wish Siri did some very basic local commands with out the internet. Or does it?

Has anyone confirmed Voice Control's death?

Surely these basic settings changes should not require a connection if they could build similar commands in.

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I have been using iOS 7 on my 5th gen iPod touch, i didn't want it on my iPhone 5 until it's actually released.

After reading all the new little things that have been added, i gotta try them out, I've noticed that the old siri voice is still there.

i restored my touch from icloud, it was so unstable i had to wipe it & start again, its working alot better now, i guess they have alot more things to fix.

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Siri will also read your emails with summaries now too.
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Originally Posted by Mehak Bhatia View Post

iOS7 Siri can't open Safari. It says, "You don't have an app named Safari"

No. Siri on iOS 7 beta does open Safari as expected.
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Originally Posted by Slurpy View Post

The biggest improvement I've noticed is how much faster it is. I mean, it's FAST. Very comparable to Google now speeds. The thing never spins for more than a second, and usually much less. Definitely a massively improved experience all-around, and I can't wait for the new voice as te current one has always grated me.

The interface is also gorgeous.

Which iPhone version do you have? Siri on iOS 7 beta is slow for me on iPhone 4S using 802.11n Wi-Fi (6.11 Mbps down and 1.37 Mbps up). I would even suggest that Siri on iOS 7 beta is seemingly slower than iOS 6.1.3 for me.
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Great. Now I want to be able to do things with Siri that would be difficult to do any other way such as: "Turn on WiFi when I am at home". There are many tasks that would require a complicated UI but could be done with simple spoken commands. "Dim the screen at night when I am driving." "Be silent when I am in a movie theater." You get the idea.
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Can't find the article right now but you are correct. Google Search/Now doesn't require interaction with a server, Siri calls home. Thus the delay sometimes. Sure wish I could find the article, it explains better than I'm able.

 

Google Now does require a connection, the apparent speed difference is that Now sends back a translation directly and updates it as you speak, but Siri waits till you have finished, a bit like the suggestions list displayed as you type instead of waiting to show results till you press return. I think IBM did a big study on the percieved speed of user interfaces. anything which does not react < 1 second is percieved as slow. I have a program which takes a few seconds to do a processing task. I have timed it with no feedback and with a progress bar. the drawing and update of the progress bar almost doubles the processing time but a huge percentage (>90) of users say that it is quicker with the progress bar.
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Originally Posted by nagromme View Post

Sometimes at night, I don't want to open my eyes. Now, with iOS 7 Siri, I can use the flashlight entirely by voice, and never have to open my eyes!

Weird... so what do you do, point your flashlight at your closed eyelids and get a glow? Whatever...

 

However, I already use Siri to operate my iPhone 5 / iOS6 flashlight by saying just one word: "Light!"

 

Light is the name of my favourite flashlight app, and Siri already knows to activate apps by name in iOS 6.

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Personal Hotspot should have been included.
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Originally Posted by psitthipo
Personal Hotspot should have been included.

 

Who knows, the autumn / fall is still quite a few months away, and more surprise additions could be in the offing...

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Originally Posted by GrangerFX View Post

Great. Now I want to be able to do things with Siri that would be difficult to do any other way such as: "Turn on WiFi when I am at home". There are many tasks that would require a complicated UI but could be done with simple spoken commands. "Dim the screen at night when I am driving." "Be silent when I am in a movie theater." You get the idea.

 

Location, Time and Context aware Tasks - brilliant, and why not? It can be done with Reminders, after all.

 

I have no doubt that intelligent advances in Siri / Control Centre combination functions will arrive soon, especially when these API's are opened up to enterprising 3rd party developers that specialise in Task Management apps.

post #40 of 40
What voice command opens the flashlight? I can't seem to figure it out. Seems like such a simple thing!
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