March 1, 2012

Vic Mahfood

Tips & Tricks For Your iOS Device - Siri (iMessages & Calendar)

- Labels: Author's Note, Calendar, iOS 5, Messaging, Native, Siri, Tips


I had planned to hold out for iPhone 5 using my iPhone 4 until then. However, the other day disaster struck when my phone dropped at Best Buy (on the carpet I might add), and the glass shattered completely. I don't know who was more shocked - me or the Best Buy sales rep! Anyway,the next day off I went to Apple and came home with 4S and Siri! What choice did I have after all? Since then, I've been discovering all sorts of secrets about Siri and want to share some with you today. Maybe my discoveries will convince you to try 4S, or perhaps you will learn a trick or two if you have this phone already! Today, let's chat about Siri's integration with iMessages and Calendar native apps.

As you can see by the screenshots above, there are many ways (just a few listed) in which you can ask Siri to perform tasks for you. Plus, Siri can read either your sent messages, or incoming messages (a great plus when you're out and about). Speak naturally as to a person in telling Siri how to respond, and she will compose your message. Or you can start off by saying, "Text (Bob)". Siri will find Bob's contact information, and then ask, "What do you want me to tell Bob?" At that point, you can dictate your text. And the voice recognition is pretty darn good, let me add!


Now, here's a bit of information about what Siri can do with your calendar. Tell Siri to move or reschedule meetings. Set up new meetings or calendar dates that are important. Ask Siri to read your schedule for the day. Take a look at these pics below for some ideas. These are just a few of the many calendar functions.

I was skeptical of Siri to begin with, and not sure that all the hoopla was warranted. However, I can tell you now that iPhone 4S really is a great phone, and Siri does a lot more than I had imagined. Other Siri features will be covered in future posts. The prognosis? I am sold on Siri!

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