Few of Apple’s groundbreaking innovations has met with as much criticism and derision as Siri, the not-quite-so intelligent personal assistant that runs on most of Apple’s gadgets; from Mac to iPhone to iPad and Watch.
Why all the criticism from the nattering nabobs of negativism who populate the technorati elite proletariat these days? Sir is not very smart, and when compared to the likes of Amazon’s Alexa or Google’s Assistant, usually comes in last in IQ tests. Things change.
The problem with all these so-called talking personal assistants is this. They’re not very smart. Basically, to get them to be even a little useful, we’ve been required to learn phrases that translate into various actions. We have to learn their language. I can do a few phrases, but how can I be expected to remember a few hundred?
Enter Siri Shortcuts. Basically, Shortcuts are actions that you make Siri accomplish by using a phrase you assign to the action. Shortcuts works as a standalone app for iOS 12– iPhone and iPad– but has some so-called machine learning intelligence which goes beyond merely performing an action based on a request.
Siri learns your routines across your apps. Siri then suggests an easy way to perform common tasks on the Lock screen or in Search.,, You can also run any shortcut by asking Siri. Look for the Add to Siri button in your favorite apps and tap to add with your own personal phrase. Or go to Settings to find all shortcuts available on your device.
The way Siri Shortcuts works is simple enough. Record a personal phrase that Siri will hear and then perform a shortcut action. You can create your own or uses shortcuts from a gallery created by other Apple customers using iOS 12.
Tap to make a shortcut run. Or, speak the shortcut phrase to make it run. This is a much better way to get new actions from your iPhone or iPad than trying to learn what phrases or actions Siri already understands.
You train Siri to understand your language. That is a revolutionary change.
As with many revolutions, this one won’t happen overnight because such new features are seldom implemented by the masses soon after it launches; especially those which require user interaction. Talking voice assistants seem to be growing in number, so guess which one is the most used, the most popular? Alexa? That’s laughable. Google Assistant or Microsoft Cortana?
According to market research, Siri has the same marketshare as Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Microsoft Cortana combined. Combined.
With iOS 12 and future updates, Siri will become more useful because users can teach, train, and tell Siri what to do without having to learn what Siri knows.
That change is a quiet revolution. Now, if we could just get Siri to recognize who it is listening to.