In the rare possibility that you didn’t realize it, Apple released the iPhone 4S recently, and after an unveiling that was met with mixed reviews, it still sold millions. Apple has long been great about making our lives easier with their innovative gadgets. It didn’t stop with this new version of the iPhone. I personally don’t have one, but figure if I am getting a new assistant I probably should be setting up an interview. This might be a little bit of what it sounds like:
DT: Thanks for coming in today Siri, I hope you didn’t have trouble finding the place.
Siri: No, not at all, I am able to access GPS as well as able to be very prompt with meeting reminders.
DT: Great I am very forgetful and often ignored the alarms on my last phone that I personally set, I am very much looking forward to dictating to you.
Siri: I can handle that. DT: I hope you can, because on my last iPhone when I used the Voice Control feature, I had no control. I would say “Call Home” and it would call anything but.
Siri: I can assure you that your calls will be made without any problems.
DT: Well, you are a phone, so that should be the most important thing, but more importantly can you write my texts for me via speech so that I don’t have to call the person?
Siri: Of course I can, this will also benefit you when you drive.
DT: Oh good point! See I knew you were smarter than me.
At this point, I am pretty much sold on Siri, even if it just helps me keep my eyes on the road while I drive, it would be very beneficial. Hopefully iPhone 5’s Siri can read me the ESPN article that I can’t wait to read until I get out of the car. I have always wanted a personal assistant to make myself feel as important as my ego thinks I am… in that case – I may need to take two assistants.
The real question I have regarding this is do we really need this? The Saved by the Bell Zach Morris phone of the 90’s was impressive because we didn’t need to be attached to a house to talk, texting revolutionized communication; Apple provided us with the iPhone that was the trendsetter for internet access and games on a phone; but do we need a touch screen phone that we can now operate without touching? I didn’t think I need any internet at my fingertips or flying birds attacking evil pigs, but now I can’t imagine my life without them. I guess if Apple tells me I need it, they know better than I do. They haven’t been wrong in the past. Let’s see where we are a year from now with this personal assistant. Just don’t forget to me remind me. Wait…Siri? Please read that last sentence and remind me to revisit this in a year.