Apple introduces smart assistant app
Apple's Scott Forstall shows off Siri, the company's new voice recognition-enabled personal assistant for the iPhone 4S. The new software will allow you to ask for help and will respond back to you in human-like language.
>> Siri is your intelligent assistant to help you get things done just by asking.
Tones What is the weather like today?
>> Here's the forecast for today.
>> It is that easy.
Cheering The exact words I say aren't important. It's the meaning behind the words. So, I could ask this in a completely different way. Do I need a raincoat today?
>> It sure looks like rain today.
>> Read my message.
>> New message from Phil Schiller when can we have lunch?
>> So, it reads it hand free to me.
>> You can reply or read it again.
>> So, before I reply, I think I want to have lunch on Friday. Hands free, now I can just ask Siri about my calendar. I can ask it.
Tones Do I have any meetings Friday at noon?
>> You don't have anything on your calendar for this Friday at 12pm.
>> Fantastic. So, let me go ahead and reply to Phil now that I can make it.
Tones Reply, I can do Friday.
>> Here's your reply to Phil Schiller.
>> Remind me to call my wife when I leave work.
>> Here's your reminder for when you leave work. Shall I create it?
>> Sure let's confirm that.
>> Okay, I'll remind you.
>> So, again, in an earlier conversation, it asked me who my wife was and now it knows. And so, I just say, you know, remind my wife, it's now set up a Geo-fence around, work in this case, Apple for me. When I leave Apple, it'll put up an alert reminding me to call my wife. And here's all sorts of things you can do with Siri. You can voice dial, so call someone just by saying their name. You can control your music. You can control playing, you know an artist or an album but now you can also play any song you want including any song you might have in iTunes in the Cloud and download it and start playing it for you or in a genre. You can say, you know, please play some rap music for me, play some classical music and it'll automatically start playing it for you. You can use it for messages, send and receive text messages, iMessages. You can manage your calendar now with your voice, schedule meetings, check on meetings, move meetings around, cancel meetings all just with your voice. It's integrating with reminders you just saw, and with maps. You can ask for traffic and directions. Email, you can compose and dictate emails right to Siri. You can ask questions about the weather and about stocks. With the clock, there's a lot of things you can do, it gives you things like the alarm clock, you can set timers. So, let's say you stick something in the oven, you're going to bake it and need to take it out in 30 minutes, just take your phone and ask Siri to set a timer for 30 minutes and you're done. You can look up things for contacts, you can create notes, you can search the web, you can search Wikipedia and all of the other questions you can ask of WoframAlpha. It is absolutely blow away.