What's the point of "Hey Siri" when it only works when you're connected to power

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  1. dba415 macrumors 6502

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    am I missing something here? I'm usually not using my phone when connected to a power source. Whats the point?
     
  2. tbobmccoy macrumors 6502a

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    Cars. I plan on using this a LOT in my vehicle which I have my phone mounted on my windshield.
     
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    I think when your laying in Bed it's useful. I charge my phone next to my bed. So I can go

    "Hey Siri, How's the weather"

    and she will tell me.

    All without getting up :D
     
  5. antiprotest macrumors 65816

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    Also when docked on my desk while I'm working on the computer or somewhere else across the room. If I'm farther from my desk than I have the phone with me out of dock and I'd just use the home button to bring up Siri.
     
  6. haticK macrumors 6502a

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    if only siri could change channels. no more remoteeeee
     
  7. JoeTomasone macrumors 6502

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    I use it a lot to set alarms at night ("Hey Siri, wake me at 7:30") and to send text messages while driving ("Hey Siri, tell my wife that I stopped at the store to buy milk"). Sometimes I also use it to play music in the car.

    In reality, I could use it for a lot more things.. But I just don't yet.
     
  8. kipnosky macrumors member

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    I also find it quite useless with that restriction. Hope Apple does something about it soon.
     
  9. monksealpup macrumors regular

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    You can do something about it right now. Buy an external battery pack (e.g. Helium). Hey Siri everywhere.
     
  10. 2010mini macrumors 68040

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    Soon
     
  11. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    does it work by sending all audio from the microphone to Apple? If so, it sounds like a large use of data. Or does it locally have some language recognition software?
     
  12. quickcalibre macrumors regular

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    Kinda disappointed too, wanted Siri to work Everywhere so I can shout hey Siri to find where I left the damn phone. Rather than iCloud.

    Also to work while I'm in the bath with playing music.
     
  13. MacBOS macrumors 6502

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    i wonder if that works in the car like that, that wold make sense
     
  14. gpspad macrumors 6502

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    Think about what the phone is doing. Not to creep anyone out, but its sitting there listening waiting to here a "Hey Siri". That's probably using more power/battery. So it needs to be plugged in.

    How long before someone takes advantage of that to ease drop on someone :)

    I plan use that in my car also, just wish I could have the lock screen set itself to never, turn the wifi off, and set "hey siri" to on when I am in my car automatically. Then have all my normal setting come back on when I get home.
     
  15. SetHutBlue42 macrumors member

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    It always amazes me how many people want features that would absolutely crush their phone's battery life.
     
  16. Stuke00 macrumors 68000

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    It is far from useless. There are several uses listed in this thread. Just because it isn't useful to you doesn't mean it isn't to others. You can't expect Apple to come up with features that are useful to everyone.
     
  17. deviant macrumors 65816

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    when you will grow up and you will buy a car you will understand. it's for hands free. goddamn people, when shazam releases "always listening" app for mac - "NO WAY, IT'S ALWAYS LISTENING WHAT YOU'RE DOING, PRIVACY PRIVACY PRIVACY". And then THIS.....
     
  18. CB1234 macrumors 6502a

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    But with the crushing battery life, they would have a good excuse to then rant about how the iPhones are useless and don't last anything like the competition....:D
     
  19. Maetzle macrumors regular

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    Ah I don't have a lot of use for it, but sometimes it's nice when you're still in bed, your phone just slightly too far away to grab it in that sleep-drunk state and just going "Hey Siri, what's the weather like today?" or "What's the time"...

    But I guess it's main purpose is for usage driving a car.
     
  20. rmhop81 macrumors 68020

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    it's almost 2015....and apple pushes wireless this wireless that and they are creating a feature that only works while plugged in? that's ridiculous.

    I never plug mine in while in the car unless it's low on battery. bluetooth all the way.
     
  21. ryallen macrumors newbie

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    well I used it yesterday while i was lying down to set an alarm and a reminder. It's actually pretty cool and works great.
     
  22. zorinlynx macrumors 601

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    It's Android thinking.

    "LET'S ADD MORE FEATURES WITHOUT WORRYING ABOUT BATTERY LIFE!"

    (later...)

    "MY BATTERY LIFE SUCKS! TIME TO BUY A MASSIVE BATTERY AND NEW BACK COVER."

    (waves brick-shaped phone around then puts it in cargo shorts pocket)

    "IPHONES SUCK YOU CAN'T USE A BIGGER BATTERY!"

    (walks around with obvious bulgy phone weighing down one side of their shorts)

    "DAMNIT I NEED A BELT."
     
  23. njchris macrumors regular

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    I've used this in the car today and when I say Hey Siri, it connects to my bluetooth of the car and i can dial, send a message or whatever without taking my hands off the wheel.

    The only thing they seemed to have changed is it seems more sensitive and takes longer to do that beep that it's done listening and finding your answer.
     
  24. Italianblend macrumors 68000

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    This actually might help me. After I plug in for the night, and I forget something or get a text, I can just yell at siri from across the room.
     
  25. Macalway macrumors 68020

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    I didn't know that, and they could update that I would think. Odd that they chose to do that.

    But really this may be very useful regardless, especially in the car.
     

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