I was told by a Genius, who just happens to hold down a low paying job at Apple, that Siri must be connected to decipher/transcribe what I command of her - so does anyone happen to know if this is true, and how much bandwidth and battery power Siri consumes? Also, with Live Photos, does the iPhone use a proximity sensor to record via my camera just prior to me snapping a photo, or is the camera just always on? I realize that Apple is locked in a ferocious battle with the FBI to protect our private privacy - but I am genuinely concerned with what would appear to otherwise imply that the microphone and camera on the new iPhone I'll be receiving are ALWAYS on. Even though he was a sharply uniformly dressed Genius, having thought differently enough to style himself like all of the other Geniuses I encountered in the same immaculately beautiful store in a Mall where Geniuses congregate - presumably because it's most efficient? - I'm not certain he actually was a Genius? This heresy on my part came about when I presented him with a yellowed power cord for my retina MacBook Pro, explaining that I was concerned that it might be defective. He then accused me of using a yellow highlighter to try to trick him into giving me a new power cord to replace the cord I'd spent a great deal of time presumably yellowing with my highlighter. I then felt obligated to just silently stare down the Genius until he apologized and went into the back to provide me a free replacement for my defective power cord. Sarcasm aside - have any gurus actually measured how much bandwidth Siri might "eat up" needlessly if I keep the microphone on, and is the camera also constantly recording? Jokes aside, I'd really like to know how that actually works - because even if Apple is our salvation from our own government, it still seems odd to me that the microphone and camera might always be on to allow for Live Photos and instant Hey Siri activation. I'm not interesting enough for anyone to waste their time spying on me... But, not knowing how it works, it seems I'd be needlessly burning through both bandwidth and battery life should I not disable those features. Thanks for any advice. Disclaimer: I've owned Apples since the Apple ///, but I have run into problems both times I've had to visit the Geniuses hanging out at their Bar with the Geniuses behaving in a condescending manner - so I'm not hating on Apple, just making light of their marketing approach and the sometimes hilariously unintended effect their silly "Genius" labeling actually seems to have on their employees [wink wink, nudge nudge emoticon thing implying that only you and I are in on how clever I think I'm being].