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Siri will now tell you what animals, instruments, and more sound like

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Siri (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • Siri now knows what some animals, instruments, and vehicles sound like.
  • Just ask Siri what something sounds like to see if the voice assistant knows.

Reported by CNBC, today's iOS 14.3 update has enabled a neat new feature for Siri. The voice assistant can now imitate the sounds of a number of animals, instruments, and vehicles. Apple says that there are hundreds of sounds that Siri now knows and will play back to you if you ask it.

To check it out, just ask Siri what something sounds like. Apple has informed CNBC of some examples that Siri knows below:

  • "Hey Siri, what does a humpback whale sound like?"
  • "Hey Siri, what does a toy poodle sound like?
  • "Hey Siri, what does a harp sound like?"
  • "Hey Siri, what do firetrucks sound like?"

The outlet also discovered that it works for a cat, a lion, a bald eagle, and more.

CNBC also tried it out with a few other animals, including a domestic cat, a lion, a bald eagle, and, in an example of how specific it can get, a kookaburra, a type of bird which sounds like somebody laughing. Siri also played several car sounds, a train whistle, and a short sample of a theremin as well.

It may sound like a small update to Siri, but it's especially a great one for kids who are constantly curious about what things sound like. Rather than tracking down a video of a particular animal on YouTube and scrubbing to find their unique sound, you can now simply ask Siri.

If you have downloaded iOS 14.3 you should be able to try out the feature now. It is apparently rolling out slowly, as some users are still reporting receiving web results when they try it out. The latest update to the iPhone also includes support for Apple Fitness+, the company's new workout subscription service that launched to the public earlier today.

Joe Wituschek
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.

2 Comments
  • I'm running 14.3 in the US (Illinois) and Siri still serves up web results for those queries
  • Thanks for letting me know! I've updated the article to note that it appears it is rolling out gradually since some are still without it.