Raise to Siri is now working with watchOS 5 beta

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in Apple Watch edited July 3
One of the new watchOS 5 features demonstrated by Apple's Vice President of Technology Kevin Lynch at its Worldwide Developer Conference in June was "raise to Siri," a new Machine Learning shortcut that will invoke a Siri listening session without pushing a button or speaking the "Hey Siri" trigger phrase. It's now working in the latest beta versions, including beta 3 released today.




The change was noted on Reddit by TongueBandit69, who noted, "seems it was a server side change but you can now talk to Siri on watchOS 5 without saying the Hey Siri command first. It is so awesome! Was not working previously."

The same user also advised, "Make sure the setting is turned on on your watch under General/Siri. Also try a reboot. And obviously make sure you're on watchOS 5," and "before anyone asks, your Watch needs to be pretty close to your face to actually register that you're talking to Siri."




It addition to being more convenient, the new "raise to Siri" feature also allows users to target a Siri command (such as starting an inaudible tap timer without also triggering an iPhone, Mac or HomePod also listening for "Hey Siri."

The new feature also allows users to more easily invoke Siri on Apple Watch when riding a bike, or in other situation where a rapid, hands-free response is desired.

Apple's watchOS 5 was revealed at WWDC18 alongside iOS 12, macOS Mojave, and tvOS 12. watchOS 5 will support all models of Apple Watch except the original "Series 0" model, which will remain on watchOS 4.

The new Raise to Siri feature is just one of the scores of new embellishments in watchOS 5, including the FaceTime Audio-based Walkie Talkie that was activated in beta 2.

Other new features include Apple's smarter new Siri watch face with support for Siri Shortcuts; a new Podcasts app; new Activity Competitions with coaching and trophies; automatic Workout Detection; new Workouts including Hiking and Yoga; Pace Alerts, Rolling Miles and Cadence for runners; new support for WebKit enabling simple views of web content; scheduled Do Not Disturb; and enhanced grouped and interactive Notifications.
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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 5
    Alex1NAlex1N Posts: 37member
    Slightly a little bit off-topic, but my mid-2010 27"iMac (macOS 10.13.5) doesn't respond to 'Hey Siri' (i've checked the Siri preferences, nothing to turn on - or off - in that specific respect). Is this a function of the computer's age? My microphone is turned on, by the way.

    I am almost in the market for the watch, just waiting for any September announcements* regarding it - the raise to speak sounds excellent!

    * And possibly a new iMac, depending on what is - or isn't - announced then...
    edited July 4
  • Reply 2 of 5
    kjacksonkjackson Posts: 2member
    Alex1N said:
    Slightly a little bit off-topic, but my mid-2010 27"iMac (macOS 10.13.5) doesn't respond to 'Hey Siri' (i've checked the Siri preferences, nothing to turn on - or off - in that specific respect). Is this a function of the computer's age? My microphone is turned on, by the way.

    I am almost in the market for the watch, just waiting for any September announcements* regarding it - the raise to speak sounds excellent!

    * And possibly a new iMac, depending on what is - or isn't - announced then...
    macOS does not have a "Hey Siri" feature but you can create a Dictation Command to activate Siri.
    repressthisAlex1N
  • Reply 3 of 5
    FolioFolio Posts: 380member
    Great news! As a biker who likes to keep at least one hand on handlebars much appreciated. Also for some reason unknown to me, while I yell Hey Siri into my phone all the time no problem, yelling it into Watch in public makes me feel foolish.
    Alex1N
  • Reply 4 of 5
    Folio said:
    Great news! As a biker who likes to keep at least one hand on handlebars much appreciated. Also for some reason unknown to me, while I yell Hey Siri into my phone all the time no problem, yelling it into Watch in public makes me feel foolish.
    It makes you feel foolish. It makes me feel cool. Like I'm a secret service agent talking into my wrist.
  • Reply 5 of 5
    Alex1NAlex1N Posts: 37member
    kjackson said:
    Alex1N said:
    Slightly a little bit off-topic, but my mid-2010 27"iMac (macOS 10.13.5) doesn't respond to 'Hey Siri' (i've checked the Siri preferences, nothing to turn on - or off - in that specific respect). Is this a function of the computer's age? My microphone is turned on, by the way.

    I am almost in the market for the watch, just waiting for any September announcements* regarding it - the raise to speak sounds excellent!

    * And possibly a new iMac, depending on what is - or isn't - announced then...
    macOS does not have a "Hey Siri" feature but you can create a Dictation Command to activate Siri.
    Thank you for that, very useful :).
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