The 5 Brilliant New Siri Features for iPhone in iOS 9
Want to quickly view all of the photos and videos you took on vacation during the summer last year? You can do it manually in the Photos app, but now you can ask Siri to view all photos taken at an exact location or on a specified date (including day, month, or year).
Let’s say you wanted to ask Siri to show you all of the photos and videos you took on a specific date—January 6th, 2015. Within a few seconds Siri appeared with some handful photos of January 6th, 2015.
2. Setup Contextual Reminders in Safari, Notes, & Mail
Most importantly, Siri can now be used to create contextual reminders, depending on which app you’re in and what you’re looking at, to intelligently figure out what it is you want.
Let’s say you’re reading an article in Safari but don’t have time to finish it. Just bring up Siri to ask “Remind me about this” and it will be placed in Reminders. Setting intelligent reminders this way works inside of Safari, Notes, and Mail so that you can get notifications at a later time when you’re typing up a note or reading an email.
3. Ask for Transit Directions
With transit directions now a part of Apple Maps, you can use Siri to ask which bus route you should take. For now, transit directions are only available in select cities, so you asked for transit directions from an area in San Francisco to Oakland.
4. Native Math Equations & Unit Conversions
Siri now performs mathematical equations and unit conversions all on her own in iOS 9. Answers now show natively in a smaller results panel. This switch to natively performing actions not only provides better results, but faster ones as well.
5. Find Your Friends & Family
With Find Friends, you can keep track of where your friends and family are at all times. In iOS 9, you can use Siri to locate someone simply by asking “Where is ______?” Siri will show a map and a marker of where that person is.
Tap on the location and you’ll be transported to the Find Friends app, where you’ll be able to contact the person, as well as notify yourself when they’re in a certain location.
What do you think of all the new Siri additions?