The Keys to Siri♥
About a week ago, I was in a library and had several things I wanted to ask Siri and have her do for me. It would have been faster to go through Siri than to go in and out of several apps, but I didn’t want to be loud. I also didn’t want to pack all my stuff up, risk losing that comfy chair, and go outside to talk to her. So I thought I’d type to her instead. But when I held down the home button and Siri came up to greet me, I realized something.
There is no way to type to Siri.
I looked in the “What can I help you with?” options (by tapping on the “i” icon), the settings, and searched the web.
I know, I know. Siri is meant to be a vocal interaction, not touch/text interaction. The rest of the iPhone’s UI is for that, right? But Siri is more than just a way to talk to the phone. She’s the closest thing to an assistant. And sometimes interacting with Siri is convenient not just because it’s through speech, but because I can accomplish many things in one place and in (mostly) one form of interaction. I don’t have to jump in and out of apps, go through their menus, figure out what app to use (can Google answer this or do I need to go to Wolfram Alpha?). I just have Siri do it.
Ok, maybe in many cases it wouldn’t be faster to type to Siri than to just use the apps. And yeah, I do prefer to talk to her. But what about the times when you have to be quiet (in a library, a meeting, or near someone sleeping) and Siri would be easier, faster, whatever-er? Not enough to justify it? Then I just have one thing to say to that:
Oh, for goodness sakes, we have the option to invert color!
I was wrong. There actually is a way to type to Siri… sort of.
A reader informed me that if you ask Siri something (in my case it was something she didn’t understand and responded with the option to search the web), you can scroll back up, tap on your question/command (you’ll see it in quotes) and a text field appears, allowing you to retype it.
The problem I have is it only allowed me to do this once. To do it again I would have to ask another question, scroll up, tap on it and type. Which not only conflicts with being quiet but requires several extra steps each time.