Apple Siri: An insider’s guide (free PDF)

Provided by: TechRepublic
Topic: Apple
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Siri can answer questions, return search information, and perform a wide array of actions—and now it’s being updated to offer predictive guidance and recommendations. This ebook explains what Siri can do for you.

From the ebook:

Occasionally, seemingly small innovations pack tremendous impact. That’s certainly proven true with Apple’s Siri personal digital assistant. The voice-activated concierge so significantly reshapes the way people interact with devices that Alphabet technical adviser Eric Schmidt said the feature poses a threat to Google’s underlying search business.

Regardless of rhetoric, Siri has its fans, with Apple revealing that the digital assistant fulfills more than 1 billion requests per week. Apple’s HomePod high-fidelity speaker extended the technology’s reach into its customers’ everyday interactions, and new watchOS 5 advancements further expand the virtual assistant’s reach and usefulness.

Apple announced at its 2018 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) that Siri is being updated to include predictive guidance and recommendations. Machine learning advancements, Siri’s voice recognition capability, and the ability to learn from users’ behaviors and routines combine to make it all possible. macOS, iOS, and watchOS updates usher in a new era in which Siri Shortcuts and improved watchOS integration make it even easier for users to create custom Siri reminders and receive predictive notifications and customized recommendations without having to expend much, if any, additional effort.

Whether you want to shorten the time required to answer a question, schedule a ride, check a flight’s status, take an alternative route home due to traffic congestion, send a note letting others know you’re running behind, or send a text message or obtain navigation information without having to type, Siri offers intelligent assistance that adapts to the individual user’s nuances over time. Available in all of Apple’s operating systems—iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS—users can customize the digital concierge to have different voices and change the way its services are activated.

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