Apple’s digital assistant Siri handles voice across the device by default in iOS 15, which means you’ll be able to use the feature without an active internet connection.
Thanks to advances in machine learning, starting with iOS 15, Siri is responding to users’ requests even without access to the Internet.
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Apple says the upgrade also makes Siri faster. And voice processing across the device makes using Siri even more private.
This follows the firm’s firm preference for implementing machine learning features across the device, rather than sending data away to the cloud for processing.
Apple said in Press release: This addresses one of the biggest privacy concerns for voice assistants, unwanted voice recording.
And if you don’t have an Internet connection, you won’t be able to perform certain Siri functions, such as searching the web.
But you can use Apple’s digital assistant to perform simple navigation tasks, such as controlling music, opening apps, setting timers, and so on.
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Accessing these functions offline is also a useful accessibility step. However, this feature will only be available on iPhones and iPads running the A12 Bionic chip or later.
As a result, the feature is available for iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, iPhone SE (2nd generation), iPhone 12, 12 Mini, 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max, and iPad Mini (5th generation) and iPad Air (3rd and 4th generation) and iPad (8th generation).
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Apple introduces Siri to external devices:
Siri accesses external devices, Apple announced in its WWDC keynote.
HomeKit accessory makers will be able to integrate Siri into their products starting later this year. The voice assistant is routed through the HomePod if the devices are connected to your network.
Apple has not released a comprehensive list of devices and brands that support Siri. The company tested it with an Ecobee thermostat during the WWDC keynote.
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It also announced its support for Matter – a new interoperability standard that includes big players like Amazon, Google and Samsung – so that standard comes with iOS 15.
Apple says that Siri on external devices supports personal requests, intercoms, timers, and alarms.
Additionally, device developers must be part of Apple’s MFi program for HomeKit accessories, and users still need a HomePod or HomePod mini in their home.
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