In Apple’s commercials, they focus on the basics of using Siri, many of which we’ve covered in our Siri how-to guides. In iOS 6, Siri learned some new tricks, allowing you to find restaurants, movies, sport scores and can even update your social status on Twitter or Facebook. The capabilities of your personal assistant continue to grow and here are a five cool Siri tricks that you might not know.
Create a secure password
If you are looking to create a secure password, Siri can help you using Wolfram. Initiate Siri by pressing and holding the home button. Ask Siri, “Wolfram password” or “WolframAlpha password“. You’ll see a card that shows ‘generate a random password’. Beneath you’ll find a randomly generated 8 character password. You can either use the generated password or any of the six additional passwords. You’ll also see some neat details on the security of the password, known as password entropy.
Control your alarm clock
You set your alarm for work or school, but invariably your internal clock wakes you up before it goes off. Before you grab your morning cup of coffee, you reach for your iPhone to turn off the alarm. Instead of fumbling through your apps to find the Clock app, you can tell Siri to “Turn off my alarm“. Sure enough, she’ll jump into action and turn off your alarm. These frees you up to do important things, like getting a good cup of java. This also works in reverse, so before getting some shut eye, you can ask Siri to “Turn on my alarm“.
Siri as a tip calculator
Siri is a math whiz. You can perform all sorts of calculations. Next time you are out at a restaurant, let Siri calculate the tip. “Siri, what’s 20 percent of $124.43“. Sure you can easily calculate this with ease, but why not use your personal assistant. It’s quick and you’ll receive spot-on calculations.
It’s Good To Be The King
By default, Siri will call you by your proper name or at least the first name on your contacts card. Setting up relationships with Siri can go a long way towards her being more effective and understanding your commands. That’s not to say you cannot have a little bit of fun. Activate Siri and say, “Call me my King” or any name that you’d like to be addressed. The next time she addresses you, you’ll be royalty, at least in the confined walls of your iPhone or iPad.
Siri is great for providing weather and you can ask her for more than just tomorrow’s forecast. Siri can provide you with the humidity, windchill and windspeed. Just say the reading you’d like and you’ll receive the current conditions, plus the weather forecast for the next five days.
Despite still being in beta, Siri offers some amazing functionality, with new features widely anticipated when Apple releases iOS 7. How do you use Siri? Have any Siri tips and tricks that we haven’t mentioned and does she call you by your given name? Let us know in the comments or in this Siri tips and tricks discussion in our forums.