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Tips on Using Siri in iPhone 5

Part of the iPhone 5 All-in-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

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?”

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