AMITIAE - Sunday 27 March 2016
Cassandra: A Reluctant Siri Coaxed into Life
By Graham K. Rogers
Back home, I realised early in the week that, although Siri was activated on the iPhone 6s Plus, I had not turned on "Hey Siri". At the weekend I have more time and I am desperately seeking excuses not to mark the mid-term exams that sit accusingly on my table. I was reminded of this on Saturday evening when I watched the video of the Apple Event last week, but when I went to set this feature, I failed. Whatever I said was not recognised.
On Sunday, I tried again, with the same lack of success. Over and over Siri kept printing on the screen, "I'm sorry, I didn't get that" I shouted louder and then heard a faint voice as Siri replied. With the instruction screen telling me to say "Hey, Siri" the voice asked for input, but that is not how the Hey Siri setup works. I realised that the iPhone 6s, elsewhere in the same room, was picking up my voice and responding.
I tried a reset of the iPhone 6s Plus. The first time I tried the Hey Siri set up, it worked. Another nudge needed.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.
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