Siri finally adopts a redesigned design. A major advance for Apple’s digital assistant.
Apple has taken advantage of each version of iOS to improve Siri, its voice assistant. However, the design and functionality of the latter have not evolved since its launch with iOS 5. It will therefore have been necessary to wait for iOS 14 for Siri to undergo a major overhaul. Here’s what to expect with the next iOS or iPadOS 14 update.
The end of full-screen display
As soon as Siri is invoked, the assistant is displayed in full screen, thus obscuring the content and preventing any interaction with the smartphone or tablet. A compromise that was acceptable a few years ago, but which turns out to be counterproductive on modern devices.
With iOS 14, Siri finally allows you to keep an eye on your phone screen. Regardless of the method used to invoke the assistant, by saying the key phrase “Hey Siri”, by pressing the side button or the “Home” button, only a colored globe is now displayed at the bottom of the screen.
Siri displays as a colored globe rather than covering the entire screen
The first betas of iOS 14 allow you to see the content of the screen but not yet to click on it. A completely normal behavior according to Apple which could nevertheless allow the user to tap on the screen and scroll the display as if nothing had happened, even though Siri is used as indicated by its globe characteristic.
Additionally, in addition to ditching Siri’s full-screen display, voice assistant responses now appear as rich notification panels at the top of the screen. In addition, these offer many more interactions, such as the possibility of sending messages directly. In addition, it is now possible to send audio messages thanks to Siri which is no longer limited only to text messages.
More and better answers
Apple has significantly increased the number of possible responses offered by Siri. The company claims to have enriched its database with 20 times more resources than three years ago. In any case, it is above all about the progress made by the company rather than a feature specific to iOS 14. Indeed, Apple has come a long way with its assistant, which had fallen significantly behind its Google competitors. Assistant or Alexa from Amazon.
In addition, Siri is finally able to provide an answer that goes beyond what its database contains. Indeed, Apple’s assistant has greatly improved its ability to use information found on the web to answer questions.
Sharing arrival time and cycling routes
Siri is now compatible with the “Share arrival time” function which was integrated into Maps with iOS 13. To do this, simply ask the voice assistant to share your arrival time with a contact using the app’s navigation feature. He will receive a notification that will allow him to consult an updated itinerary in real time on Maps. If the contact does not have at least iOS 13.1 (or is using an Android device), they will receive an SMS with the expected time of arrival and automatic updates if there are any changes.
The iOS 14 Maps application is also expanding with the integration of cycling routes. And it is of course possible to ask Siri to start navigation to a destination by choosing a route suitable for cycling.
More foreign languages
Siri has been able to translate simple sentences for years (a Translate app is also available in iOS 14 for real-time conversation translation). However, the number of supported languages was so far limited. Now more than 65 languages are available with the new iOS 14.
With iOS 13, Apple launched an all-in-one text-to-speech system that allows Siri to always speak in a natural voice, etc. regardless of the content of her response. Indeed, the assistant was no longer limited to matching pre-recorded phonemes. However, this functionality was until now reserved for American English. In iOS 14, Apple is expanding natural language support to regional English (Australia, India, Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom) as well as French, German, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese.