In iOS 11 Apple makes Siri the virtual assistant smarter than ever, with several useful new features.
Siri has been given a makeover., with a fresh coat of paint and a new round icon when idle. Siri’s voice has also had an upgrade, sounding more natural than in previous iterations.
Type to Siri
Bypass the awkwardness of shouting into your iPhone in public places, then shouting again when Siri didn’t quite understand what you said. Type to Siri allows you to ask your question using the keyboard. Here’s how to enable Type to Siri in iOS 11:
- Open Settings on your iPhone.
- Navigate to General > Accessibility > Siri.
- Turn on Type to Siri.
In iOS 11, Siri can translate from English to French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Chinese. At this point translating in the other direction doesn’t work. Translate will also only work if the language is set to English (United States). Apple says further languages and expansion of features will come with further updates.
Better awareness and learning
Improved on-device learning helps to predict what you want and offer relevant suggestions. Over time it gathers information about your interests by analyzing Safari browsing history and can provide suitable suggestions inside other apps. If you search for information on something in Safari, you will find Siri can suggest associated topics in Apple News. Data will sync across all your Apple devices. So, if you search for something using Safari on your Mac, Siri can still offer you recommendations inside the Apple News app on the iPhone.
Siri brings improved QuickType suggestions for films, locations, restaurants, etc. as you are typing.
Want to discover more about using Siri, Apple’s virtual assistant, the smart way? We’ve written a helpful collection of tutorials full of techniques about using apps, dictating, using Siri Shortcuts, and a comprehensive beginner’s guide to activating and using Siri.