With yesterday’s release of iOS 14.3, Siri bought a brand new trick: the power to play real-world sound samples on command. Ask “Hey Siri, what does _____ sound like?” and it’ll begin enjoying the sound for you. For those who ask on an iPhone or iPad, it can present you an image as nicely. Google Assistant has been ready to do that for a couple of years now, however now it’s obtainable for the iPhone, iPad, and HomePod.
Apple hasn’t introduced what number of sounds it’s added, nevertheless it’s been in a position to deal with a lot of the animals I requested about (aside from some obscure ones that I’m unsure have an actual distinctive noise, like an anteater). In the mean time, it looks like the sounds are restricted to animals, automobiles, and musical devices. I attempted asking for some nature-y sounds, akin to thunder or a waterfall, and Siri didn’t play something.
This function might be finest heard, moderately than examine, so I made a video during which I ask Siri to play completely different sounds.
I requested Siri what a number of issues and animals sound like. (Warning: this will activate any iOS units if they’ve “Hey Siri” turned on.)
Apparently, it’s bought samples for various breeds of canine, so you may hear what a mastiff appears like in comparison with a Shih Tzu. There are clearly fairly a couple of issues that Siri doesn’t have sound samples for, and in some circumstances (like once I requested what people sound like), it doesn’t even strive. As you may inform from the tip of the video, Siri is Siri — technical imperfections and all. (At one level, Siri began answering the query, stopped, stated it was sorry, and restarted its reply.)
I do know I’m going to be asking Siri for random sounds from time to time, attempting to determine what it has sounds for and what it doesn’t. For those who’re not as simply amused as I’m, the function is also helpful when you have youngsters, who I’ve heard are all the time asking what issues sound like. It’s additionally helpful for when somebody in your family says that foxes sound like folks screaming, and also you simply must know in the event that they’re proper. (Here’s a YouTube link so you may see in addition to hear it.)