Apple Considering Less Disruptive Siri Behavior in Future Version of iPadOS

Say "Hey Siri" when using an iPad, and Apple's virtual assistant will take over the entire display, obscuring whatever you were doing on the device. Say the same thing to your Mac, however, and ‌Siri‌ responds in a more multitasking-friendly way by appearing in a small window in the corner of the screen, allowing you to drag and drop retrieved items from it.

Conceito de Siri no iPadOS

‌iPad‌ concept of improved ‌Siri‌ behavior (image via iHelp BR)

This less disruptive, more functional implementation of ‌Siri‌ in macOS may well be coming to ‌iPad‌, although it's unlikely to appear in the first version of iPadOS, which is due to be released this fall. The possibility was hinted at by Craig Federighi, Apple's VP of software engineering, in response to an email sent to him by Apple user Juliano Rossi.

Responding to Rossi's request that ‌Siri‌ on iPadOS behaves like on the Mac, without filling the entire screen, Federighi wrote:

"Hi Juliano,

Thanks for the note. Really glad that you enjoyed the keynote.

What you describe is certainly valid feedback. Unfortunately, it's not something we can add in at the last minute, but we will certainly consider it for the future.

Thanks for caring!

- craig"


As Federighi's response suggests, adding this less intrusive ‌Siri‌ behavior would require some significant changes to the OS, so it's not something that could be included at this late stage in software testing. But as Portuguese tech blog iHelp BR notes, it's at least good to know that Apple is aware of the legitimate request, which would bring iPadOS even closer to the macOS experience.

Apple often considers user feedback, but sometimes takes a while to act on it. For instance, the company eventually responded to multiple user requests that it change the volume level indicator in iOS. When pressing the volume buttons on iPhone or ‌iPad‌ running iOS 12 or earlier, the volume indicator displays in the center of the screen, obscuring content. As of iOS 13, coming this fall, the indicator is smaller and appears at the side of the display in a less intrusive manner.

Unveiled last week during Apple's WWDC keynote, iPadOS is designed to bring more desktop-class functionality to iPads with bigger screens. iPadOS will incorporate several features that recognize the tablet's function as a potential computer replacement, including a new Home screen, an updated Split View to enhance multitasking, and improved Apple Pencil support.

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Top Rated Comments

RosOne Avatar
63 months ago
This is how Siri should look on all devices
https://i.imgur.com/Dy7EiQQ.jpg
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JimmyBanks6 Avatar
63 months ago
They probably want to rethink some other things, not just moving it to a smaller window.
For instance, it would allow for a concept where Siri could pop in as an assistent (without getting summoned by you) to tell you something.
Likely they will do the same on the iPhone and move the screen-filling-call-pick-up screens to a smaller window as well.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bigcstyle4 Avatar
63 months ago
They should do the same thing for incoming phone calls on iPhone.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
lars666 Avatar
63 months ago
Though I don't doubt that Apple will improve the Siri experience on iPad, making a story out of a standard "We'll consider this in the future" reply (which in most case simply is a polite way of companies to answer to customer wishes like these) seems questionable to me even as a "rumor" ...
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
allenvanhellen Avatar
63 months ago
iPhone too, please. Sometimes I want to ask Siri something based on what I’m looking at, but can’t remember all the details and then can’t read them anymore once I’ve summoned her.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jclardy Avatar
63 months ago
Siri and phone calls should both be downgraded to “notification” size UIs. There is no reason Siri should take up the entirety of a 12.9” screen - it is a voice based interface, it should work out of the way of whatever you are doing.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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