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iOS 9 announced with brand new Siri

iOS 9 was just announced during WWDC 2015 and it will feature a completely new Siri experience.

Siri offers plenty of new features. You can, for example, ask her to show you photographs you snapped in June, and have that pop up. She also has a brand new user interface, which looks similar to what’s already available on the Apple Watch. Another feature that’s sort of part of Siri is the Proactive Assistant, which can read your calendar and let you know, for example, when you might need to leave for a meeting based on traffic conditions. It also knows what you typically do every day. So, if each day at 9 a.m. you open up the Weather app, it might do that for you ahead of time.

There’s also a brand new Search, and a new Search API, so you can search inside applications that are installed on the device. That means, if you’re searching for an AirBNB reservation, for example, you can use Spotlight and find a reservation inside of the AirBNB app. Search can now tap into things like the calendar, apps, iBooks Store, clock, Wikipedia, Movies, Sports, Music., Netflix, Bing, Videos, Maps, Twitter and much more.

Apple said that Apple does all of this in a “way that does not compromise your privacy.” It’s not mining your email to learn more about you — “We don’t want to know,” Apple said — it’s all done on the device, and under your control. Apple says it won’t share any data with third parties, and anything it ever sends out, for information like traffic data, is anonymous.

iOS 9 should be out around the same time as the next iPhone, usually in September. We expect beta previews will be available soon.


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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...


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