How Apple Intelligence is changing the way you use Siri on your iPhone

Following years of talk around Apple’s lack of innovation when it comes to Siri, Apple has promised the launch of a smarter version of its digital assistant coming this fall. Siri is getting a slew of new features and updates thanks to the addition of Apple Intelligence, the company’s generative AI offering, and a partnership with OpenAI.

From ChatGPT integration to the ability to type instead of speak to Siri, there's a lot of ways Siri will change in the coming months. Here's a look at what the introduction of Apple Intelligence will allow you to do with the revamped digital assistant.

ChatGPT integration on iPhone

ChatGPT in use on iOS, as showcased during WWDC 2024
ChatGPT in use on iOS, as showcased during WWDC 2024

Siri will soon be able to tap into OpenAI's ChatGPT to answer certain questions. For example, if you need recipe ideas to make a meal using some ingredients from your garden, you can ask Siri, and Siri will automatically feed that info to ChatGPT to generate some options for you.

You can include photos with the questions you ask ChatGPT via Siri, or ask questions related to documents or PDFs. For example, say you come across a flower you like while on a walk but don't know what it's called. You can take a picture of it and ask Siri what it's called and where to find it.

You won't need a ChatGPT account, but you will need to grant permission for Siri to tap into the service.

Personal context awareness

Siri personal example
Siri personal example

With Apple Intelligence, Siri will become aware of your personal context, which means it can take actions that are unique to you. Siri will be able to use the information available on your device to find what you’re looking for.

For instance, if you can’t remember whether your friend Alice shared a recipe with you in a text or an email, you can ask Siri to “pull up the recipe that Alice sent a few days ago.” Or, if you quickly need to find your passport number when booking a flight, you can ask Siri to pull it from your email or your images to automatically enter it into a required field.

Enhanced language understanding

Apple is making it easier for people to communicate with Siri: The assistant is now equipped to better understand natural language. Even if you stumble on your words when talking to Siri, the assistant will still be able to understand you. You can say, for instance, “Siri, set an alarm for, oh wait no, set a timer for 10 minutes. Actually, make that five.” Siri will understand what you’re asking.

Plus, you can ask Siri follow-up questions without having to repeat context. For example, if you ask Siri where your next family reunion is going to take place, it will respond with a location. You can then follow-up by asking, “What will the weather be like there?” without having to mention the name of the location.

Type to Siri

Up until now, you could only communicate with Siri via your voice. With Apple Intelligence, you can type to Siri when you don’t want to speak out loud. You just need to double tap the button on your iPhone or iPad screen to ask Siri any question.

The option to type to Siri is handy when you’re in a quiet environment and can’t speak out loud. Or, perhaps you're in a loud environment; typing to Siri can ensure your inquiry is understood clearly.

Siri now has product knowledge

Siri now has more information about Apple’s products and services, so if you have a question about your Apple device, you can ask Siri for help. That includes how to use a feature for the first time on your iPhone, iPad and Mac.

For instance, you can ask Siri how to schedule a text message to send later. Siri will then give you step-by-step instructions on how to do so. Otherwise you'd have to to go into your settings and navigate to a help page if you needed more information about your device.

Onscreen awareness

Siri can now understand what’s on your screen and take action based on what you’re currently looking at on your device. For instance, if your friend texts you a new address, you can tell Siri to add the address to their contact card.

Or, if your friend suggests a TV show on Apple TV+, you can ask Siri to open it.

Take action across apps

With Apple Intelligence, Siri can take action in and across apps. You can ask Siri to enhance a photo for you in the Photos app and then ask the digital assistant to send it to a specific person in Messages. You don't have to open the separate apps or complete the tasks, as Siri will be able to take action in both apps on its own.