Siri can do some pretty surprising things, and she (it?) acquired two new skills in iOS 6. You can phrase the command for the same task in several ways; for example, you can ask “What time is it?” or “Tell me the time.” These are some examples of the kinds of commands you can use to communicate with Siri:

  • "Call Barbara Boyd."

  • "What is Joe Hutsko’s address?"

  • "Will it be hot in Bangkok on Thursday?"

  • "Please schedule a meeting with John Wiley for February 5 at 10 a.m."

  • "Read my text messages."

  • "Send a text message to my sister telling her my plane gets in at 4 p.m."

  • "Play Barton Hollow."

  • "What’s the quickest way from home to the Longwood Gardens?"

  • "Set the timer for 45 minutes."

  • "Remind me to call the dentist at 11 a.m."

  • "What is the dollar-euro exchange rate?"

  • "Search for Valentine’s Day cake recipes."

  • "Add Michel Peissel to my reading list note."

  • “What movies are playing in Philadelphia tonight?”

  • “Which films were nominated for Best Picture Oscars in 2005?”

  • “Buy tickets for the 8 o’clock show of Titanic at the Roxy.”

  • “Who won the World Series in 1948?”

  • “What was the final score for last night’s tennis match?”