Holding arm up while Siri is processing

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by mrbg07546, Jun 23, 2015.

  1. mrbg07546 macrumors newbie

    May 4, 2015
    Anyone find it annoying how you have to keep wrist raised while Siri is processing or Siri will cancel? Bit annoying as you should be able to raise your fist at a later point(10 seconds later or so) to view/see the Siri request
  2. Neo1975 macrumors 6502

    May 11, 2015
  3. wchigo macrumors 6502


    Apr 6, 2015
    Especially annoying when you're trying to dictate a response to an SMS or something and the screen times out, so you have to say everything all over again..
  4. Nothlit macrumors regular

    Sep 14, 2009
  5. Dammit Cubs macrumors 68000

    Dammit Cubs

    Jul 31, 2007
    I find it more annoying how slow Siri is....I prefer to not use Siri.
  6. fischersd macrumors 601


    Oct 23, 2014
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Tell them :)

    We shouldn't assume everything that we find annoying with 1.x Apple already has slated for fix in 2.x - better to let them know so, if they don't have it, it gets added to the list and prioritized for a future release.
  7. Taco1933, Jun 24, 2015
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2015

    Taco1933 macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2014
    I find Siri in general annoying on the watch. About 99% of the time, it's easier to grab my phone. The one thing I've been able to do efficiently with watch Siri is getting directions home while driving. That was pretty slick.
  8. Tom G. macrumors 68020

    Tom G.

    Jun 16, 2009
    Champaign/Urbana Illinois
    Annoying? Not at all, what else am I going to do with my left arm while I'm waiting?
  9. mrbg07546 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 4, 2015
    When you are walking. Specially when you have a pram you need both arms free for as long as possible
  10. zetaplus93 macrumors regular

    May 7, 2015
    Siri is pretty good when I add reminders walking between meetings.
  11. Loucifer macrumors member


    Feb 16, 2012
    I normally find that if I wait just a second for the screen to go fuzzy, I can then lower my arm. Although sometimes it has failed, especially when cycling, but that's another kettle of fish, as we say here.

  12. WilliamG macrumors G3

    Mar 29, 2008
    Along with the screen going black when you say, "Hey, Siri." How did that ever get past internal testing?
  13. jaycarroll macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2009
    Denville, NJ
    Not sure what I'm doing different, but I've never held my arm up and waited. I don't even wait to see siri activate, all of it happens after I lower my arm.

    Although, this was all with watchOS 1, I haven't really tried yet now that I'm on watchOS 2 Beta 2.
  14. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    This can certainly be improved upon, but I've had better results than what many of you are implying. I don't keep my arm up the whole time. Either there's a time-out period, or maybe you need to keep your arm up a little bit longer into the processing before you can rest your arm down. But I was riding a bike and using Hey Siri for reminders like a champ, allowing my arm to lower inbetween.

    Side Note: You can say "Hey Siri, Send" and "Hey Siri, OK" to confirm requests if your arms aren't free. You can also use your nose, but that's a little more difficult when riding a bike (did get one successful attempt).
  15. Ivanovitchk macrumors regular


    Sep 9, 2010
    Paris, FR
    When my arms are free and I need siri, I prefer to hold & maintain the crown and release it when i'm done speaking, much faster than just long clicking the crown to activate, then dictate, then wait for the watch to detect you have finished speaking (especially in noisy environments).

    On the other hand, when I'm too busy to use the crown, I use the "hey siri" trigger. Did you guys knew that you can also say "hey siri, bye" to exit Siri & go back to the app / watchface ? Works on iOs too.

    One routine I have using this is :

    1. "Hey Siri, remind me ..." --> creates reminder
    2. "Hey Siri, ok" --> validates reminder
    3. "Hey Siri, bye" --> return to watchface / app
  16. FrisbeeK9 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 26, 2006
    That's cool, I didn't know this. Thank you.
  17. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I seldom use Siri by raising my arm and find that pushing and holding the crown button work great. Siri works very well for me.
  18. Mascots macrumors 68000


    Sep 5, 2009
    You can continue a phrase without breaking the sentence after saying the, "Hey Siri" command.

    So, without pausing between calling her and the command, I will say, "Hey Siri, tell Jim that blah blah blah," then put my hand down - a lot of the time this happens before the Siri screen even appears, but as soon as she has parsed the request, the watch will tap me and I know.

    I've gotten it down since I use Siri all of the time. Her latency in UI is off-putting, but she'll process your request much faster than it seems.
  19. danmart macrumors 6502a


    Apr 24, 2015
    Lancs, UK
    I really like Siri on the Watch. I can't say I've noticed a problem around the process timing out - I'll keep an eye out for that.

    I really like how Siri eliminates the need for simple apps. For example, Siri can perform quite complex calculations. Want to add a tip and split a bill? Say something like 'Hey Siri, what is 125 times 1.1 divide 6' and it will work out the answer for you. I also use Siri to select music on my iPhone and send text messages. I only recently worked out that you can tell Siri to use punctuation like 'question mark' too. It just gets better the more I learn about its capabilities.
  20. BlueMoon63 macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2015
    I agree that it is annoying that you have to hold your arm up waiting for siri because sometimes she is slow to start translating your words and getting a response. You should be able to say your statement and put your arm down.

    However, I really like siri on the watch and use it daily and there is no way it is faster to get the phone. Every day I am asking siri to set a reminder for me, turn on my alarm and set the time, set a timer. Just a little bit ago I was trying to decide if I needed shorts for golf tomorrow and I was in the closet and asked siri for the temperature tomorrow and had the response in 4 seconds.
  21. derekshank macrumors member

    Apr 23, 2015
    Yeah, I love Siri on the Watch too. It is far faster than getting out your phone. But that slight delay can still feel pretty annoying at times.

    I have an iPhone5S, and I use it significantly less now that I have the Watch. In fact, I'm considering not upgrading this year, and waiting for the iPhone 7. But if my phone is part of the reason for the delay, I'd change my mind.

    I'd be curious if people with the iPhone 6 experience less of a delay than those with older phones.

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