The three-year old Apple TV has finally been refreshed. Apple detailed the next generation Apple TV at its fall media event. Highlights include a brand new remote control, which adds touch controls and Siri integration to the experience. The top surface of the remote is designed with a glass surface for easy swiping and touch selection. Siri brings voice search to the device, spanning multiple content sources such as Netflix and Hulu and returning all relevant watching options in one place.
iOS 9 is less about new features and more about "enhancements" that will make using your iPhone and iPad even easier and better. Siri will be one of the beneficiaries of iOS 9 when the new OS is released this fall. Apple promises that the personal assistant will not only be faster and smarter, but more proactive. Users will be able to ask Siri to remind them to stop at a location they marked in Apple Maps when they get in their car, or to play a specific playlist when then they plug in their headphones.
People use Siri to varying degrees; while some depend on her for a majority of their daily iOS usage, others still consider the personal assistant a not-so-useful gimmick. Once you get to know more of Siri's functionality, its likely you'll end up consulting her quite a bit. If you are a sports fan, here are five questions you can ask Siri that will undoubtedly give you quicker answers than if you try to manually look them up on your iPhone's browser:
1. When's the next time Lebron James faces Miami? Siri will look this right up for you. You can also ask when two players or teams will face each other: "When will Tim Lincecum face Clayton Kershaw?" If it's on the books she'll give you an answer, if not you'll get web search results.
This is a great feature that doesn't seem to be too well known. Simply say to Siri, "Read my messages," or "Read my emails." If you have multiple emails, she will read the time and subject of each one. You can also say "Read my most recent message/email." In this case she will read aloud the contents. You can also ask if you have an email or message from a specific contact. This feature is especially useful for when you're behind the wheel and can use the "Hey Siri command".
Apple added the ability for Siri to access Shazam's song identification software in iOS 8. To make Siri identify a song currently playing just ask “What song is playing?" Siri will identify the song title, the song's artists and supply a BUY button so you can purchase the song on iTunes.