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  • Apple considering offline mode for Siri that could process voice locally on an iPhone

    I'm very happy to hear this...  I drive rurally to/from work and often have points of weak data, although now far less often than when Siri was first released.  For ages I've wanted Siri to at least default to the original Voice Control and try the request again if a network connection wasn't available, as now she just hangs and eventually gives up.

    In fact in the early days I turned it off in the car in favour of Voice Control so I could do simple tasks consistently like voice dialling while I drove (long before Hey Siri, though).  It wasn't until 3G/4G coverage improved in my area that I went Siri full time, but I still have trouble at a few points on my route even today.  It's pretty frustrating when iPhone X’s Siri can't complete a basic command that my 3GS could back in 2009.  This is a welcome change!

  • iPhone X was world's best-selling smartphone model in first quarter

    Winter added. "The previous-generation iPhone 7 shipped a respectable 5.6 million units for fourth place. Combined together, Apple today accounts for four of the world's six most popular smartphone models."

    Am I missing something?  Shouldn't he have said that "
    Apple today accounts for the top four most popular smartphone models in the world." ???

  • Apple Music coming to Amazon's Echo speaker range on December 17

    peteo said:
    AI you need to update your post

    From the USA Today exclusive report:

    "From the Amazon Alexa app on your phone, you can select Apple Music and link the account to an Echo, just as you might do via the app with Spotify or other streaming options. If you choose to make Apple Music the default music service, Alexa will play the song, artist or playlist of your choice upon request, or for that matter Apple’s Beats 1 radio, without your having to direct Alexa specifically to Apple Music. If Apple Music is not the default, you’d have to say, “Alexa play X on Apple Music.”

    Its not an alexa skill. so you do not need to say alexa play the pixies on apple music
    That's what I was hoping for, with Amazon treating Apple Music on the Echo the same as it does TuneIn, Spotify, or its own music.  Great stuff...  But I don't need any more reasons for the wife to say there's no point in getting a HomePod!