'Hey Siri' plugged in only?

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by Julien, Sep 17, 2014.

  1. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    I thought 'Hey Siri' was like Google now on Android. However the phone must be plugged into a power cord to respond. This seems a little counterintuitive. I understand keeping the mic on is a slight power drain but Android does it. Can the M7 chip monitor the mic since it uses very little power?

    Also I don't like anamorphizing (plus I have an iPad too). Is there any way to change the voice command?
  2. got2go macrumors member

    Jul 23, 2010
  3. DMaki650 macrumors 6502


    Jun 23, 2010
    South Saint Paul, MN
    That's cause it's off by default. You have to turn it on.
  4. Liam Steven macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2012
    I understand about it only working when connected to a power source but I was hoping it would function when connected to the bluetooth system in my car....
  5. joejoejoe macrumors 65816

    Sep 13, 2006
    uses too much battery.

    moto x debuted this feature and had a separate processor for this entirely.

    iphone 6 finally has battery that last the whole day (or more), apple didn't want to ruin this.

    hey siri is awesome for people while driving, total handsfree experience. being that for most this is the most useful time to use hey siri, needing it to be plugged in aint so bad.
  6. Julien thread starter macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    That is why I asked about the M7. I know the M7/M8 is more about motion but if it could monitor the mic also?
  7. Blorzoga macrumors 68030


    May 21, 2010
    It will....if it's plugged in.
  8. got2go macrumors member

    Jul 23, 2010
    Yea no kidding I'm not an idiot.

    I turned the Hey Siri toggle to on, plugged my phone into my computer to charge and it still didn't work.
  9. gpspad macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2014
    It's probably also off by default due to privacy and hacking concerns. Technically it's sitting their listening for someones "Hey Siri" command.
  10. Liam Steven macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2012
    I never plugin in the car.
  11. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    The "Hey Siri" function works best when plugging into your car.

    The only use for it imho.
  12. Liam Steven macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2012
    Hmm, I can understand that but I think it would be better if it was "always listening" when it detected the phone connected to a car bluetooth system.

    If I connect my phone via USB it switches into iPod mode (which doesn't play nice with Spotify) so Bluetooth it has to be for me...
  13. darkfiber macrumors 6502a


    Jul 13, 2008
    Columbus, OH USA
    I have had my iPhone 6 Plus plugged in when I was watching TV and at least 2 times now something was said on TV that put the phone in Siri mode as if it heard the phrase "hey siri". :)
  14. DVDxR macrumors regular

    Jun 18, 2009
    For right now I think we should all be glad it doesn't work all the time. I've had it come on randomly when it thought it heard "Hey Siri". During TV and while I was on phone calls (not on the iPhone, my desk phone while the iphone was sitting there plugged in). It will also respond to it's own audio (one site already tested it with voice notes). It's a little inaccurate at the moment. Awkward enough when it's in situations where it's plugged in. Out in public.... :eek: I can just imagine people's pockets randomly chattering away.
  15. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Charging somewhere in the room while you are not directly next to your device.
  16. nws0291 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 24, 2006
    I use it to change alarms when I forget and need a different one. Also home automation commands when in bed or in the living room with homekit.
  17. blodyholy, Sep 23, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2014

    blodyholy macrumors member


    Dec 5, 2012
    Cedar Rapids, Iowa
    Not sure if this was mentioned already elsewhere, but has anyone noticed that "Hey, Siri" works when not plugged into a power source, but only after initially holding the home button, asking Siri a question, and leaving Siri up?

    Bug, or feature?
  18. jonbravo77 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 20, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    In the beta I would be sitting talking to someone and had a voice from my pocket. Kinda awkward. Lol
  19. Mjforde macrumors newbie

    Sep 29, 2014
    I was reading an email out loud and said "please call 1800-xxx-xxxx". Siri picked the number out of a large paragraph, popped up and started dialing. Hey Siri was turned on, but the phone was locked (over 5 mins) with the screen off and NOT plugged in to anything. I've tried to repeat it with no success. This really made me rethink why I've got hey Siri on. some real Orwellian stuff going on.
  20. rorschach macrumors 68020


    Jul 27, 2003
    LOL, I've already tried this in a room with 5-6 iPhones charging. "Hey Siri!" and all the phones lit up and went "ding!" Didn't even need to say it that loudly.

    Now just imagine if some popular radio DJ with thousands of listeners did this. "Hey Siri! ... Text mom, I'm pregnant!" :eek:
  21. Padmini macrumors 6502a

    Aug 9, 2014
    While plugged in is the only time it makes any sense at all.

    And you should probably look up what counterintuitive means.
  22. FreeState macrumors 68000


    Jun 24, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    I use it many other time:

    In the kitchen (set a timer etc.) So nice not to have to dry/wash my hands
    On the night stand - set an alarm, tell me what my appointments are, read my text in the morning before I have my glasses on etc.

    Its extremely useful for me.
  23. 0000757 macrumors 68040

    Dec 16, 2011
    The M co-processors don't handle processing voice and speech.

    The same happens for my car, and combined with the USB port being in the most inconvenient place of the glovebox, in the car I use an actual car charger that plugs into the cigarette lighter and hook up that way, and then use Bluetooth.
  24. mofunk macrumors 68020


    Aug 26, 2009

    I thought that was pretty cool. I used it the other night while driving. The only problem was that my AUX cable was in.

    Around the house it's good to use. For example, the iPhone was on the charger and I needed a quick look at the iphone. And I was getting ready to go out of the house. So I can use Siri without picking up the phone.

    It would be nice if you didn't have to use it on a charger.
  25. Julien thread starter macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    I do know the definition of counterintuitive and meant to use it, but thanks for your failed attempt to enlighten me.

    There are several Android phones that have have a 'OK Google' listening mode while NOT plugged in and it makes sense if you like the feature.

    I use Siri during the day while unplugged but I don't use Siri at night while it's plugged in charging: counterintuitive

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