Become an iOS natural language ninja with this these killer shortcuts and time-savers for Siri!
Yes, sure, Siri's had some lingering reliability issues over the last couple years, but when it works, it works so well that it can save you an incredible amount of time and effort in getting things done. Adding things to apps, typing out text, even searching for things can require a lot of tapping, and involve a lot of frustration. Sometimes it's just easier to have Siri do what you say, rather than taking the time to do it yourself. And when you master some of the lesser known Siri skills, it can seem almost like magic.
Your iPhone doesn't just keep track of people, it can keep track of their relationships to you as well. Not only that, Siri can tap into those relationships to make everything from calling to messaging them a snap. After all, saying "call mom" or "what's my wife's birthday" or "show me email from my boss" is so much faster and more familiar than speaking out full names.
Manually tapping into and adding Reminders, Alarms, and even notes can be annoying. For a company that prides themselves on great software and fantastic user experience, Reminders especially is nowhere nearly quick enough to use by tap and swipe alone. With Siri, however, you simply say "add lasagna to my shopping list" or "wake me up at 8am" or even "Take a note", and off you go, no fuss, no touch.
Depending on what you're looking for, Siri can be an incredibly fast way of finding it. Instead of launching an app and scrolling away, or pulling down Spotlight and trying to figure out the right search term, you can just tell Siri what you want. For example, Siri can quickly show you "all my email from yesterday" or "all my calendar appointments for September 10". You can even ask "what time is it in Cupertino" or "what's Apple's stock price today" or "how's the weather in Bermuda".
Just like creating and finding stuff can be faster with Siri, so too can canceling and deleting it. Instead of launching the app, finding what you want to be rid of, nuking and confirming it, you can just tell Siri. "Cancel my 4pm appointment" or "turn off my 8am alarm" all work fine. And if you've built up a ton of temporal cruft over time, you can even use Siri to go scorched earth. Yes, "cancel all alarms" works fine too.
Siri is tied into several other services, including major league sports, movies, Wolfram|Alpha, internet search, and more. That means it's not only a great way to get all your scores, rosters, schedules, cinemas, show times, casts and crews, and more, it's a great way to fact check almost any kind of information, at almost any time. You can even use Siri to book a fabulous dinner for two, and navigate your way right to it. "Who directed the Avengers" or "find me an italian restaurant" or "search Yahoo! for the best website named iMore" or "who scored the most points in the NBA last year" or even, after a successful dinner, "take us home."
With iOS 7, Apple has continued to add new partner-based services, but also given Siri its first redesign. Gone is the linen and beautifully rendered sports, movie, and other widgets, and in their places is the starker, more restrained interface. Siri's also getting new voices, the ability to toggle settings like Bluetooth, the ability to search Wikipedia, and hooks into Twitter.
Those are our top 5 secret Siri shortcuts that make using the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad not only faster, but more convenient as well. If you've found other brilliant ways to use Siri, let us know how!