With the advent of iOS 15, Siri will be able to handle a variety of requests even when offline, without the need for an internet connection. Furthermore, for the first time, it also arrives on third-party devices.
Siri is now also offline
This is a rather important and above all comfortable novelty. With iOS 15 Siri will be able to process some requests, such as setting timers or switching apps, without any communication with a server, making the experience faster and more responsive. Furthermore, Apple is always very attentive to the user’s privacy, so the audio recorded by Siri will never leave the local device. This way Siri will ensure privacy and should ensure a smoother and faster user experience.
Siri arrives on third-party devices
Apple has announced that Siri will also arrive on third-party devices for the first time. This means that we will be able to make voice requests to smart home devices from other brands. In short, you won’t necessarily need to buy a HomePod or HomePod mini.
No further details were provided during the keynote, but it is likely that the ability to use Siri will be regulated by some sort of MFi-style license or part of the Matter alliance (formerly CHIP). During the presentation we saw Siri being used to directly control a smart thermostat.