By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

The beauty of using Siri on your iPhone 4S is that there’s no designated protocol you must follow when talking to her. Asking, “Will I need an umbrella tomorrow?” (which Siri hears as “Will I need…” ) produces the same result as “What is the weather forecast around here?”, as shown:


If you’re not sure what to ask, tap the circled i to list sample questions or commands:


You can actually tap on any of these examples to see even more samples.

Some of the ways Siri can lend a hand, um, voice:

  • Calendar: “Set up a meeting for 9 A.M. to discuss funding.”

  • Clock: “Wake me up at 8:30 in the morning.”

  • Mail: “Mail the tenant about the recent check.”

  • Maps: “Find an ATM near here.”

  • Messages: “Send a message to Nancy to reschedule lunch.”

  • Music: “Play Frank Sinatra.”

  • Phone: “Call my wife on her cell phone.”

  • Reminders: “Remind me to take my medicine at 8 A.M. tomorrow.”

  • Stocks: “What is the Dow at?”

  • Web search: “Who was the 19th president of the United States?”

  • WolframAlpha: “How many calories are in a blueberry muffin?”