Apple’s Siri gets animal, instrument and vehicle sounds in iOS 14.3

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Apple’s Assistant Siri can now quack like a duck if you ask nicely.
To try it out, users need to update to iOS 14.3, the latest version of the iPhone operating system, and say, “Hey Siri, what does a duck look like? In response, Siri will play the natural call of a red duck.

On Monday, Siri started playing short audio clips in response to questions about what something looks like. Sounds now built into the system include animals, instruments, and vehicles, and Apple says there are hundreds of options. On an iPhone or iPad, Siri also displays a photo of the animal and a link to more information on Wikipedia.

Here are some examples of what you can request through Apple:

  • “Hey Siri, what does a humpback whale look like?” “
  • “Hey Siri, what does a toy poodle look like?”
  • “Hey Siri, what does a harp look like?” “
  • “Hey Siri, what are the fire trucks like?” “

CNBC has also tried it with a few other animals, including a house cat, lion, bald eagle and, in an example of its uniqueness, a kookaburra, a type of bird that looks like someone who laughs. . Siri also played several car sounds, a train whistle, and a short sample of a theremin.

If you ask “what does the fox say?” Siri can just quote the song that became a hit on YouTube in 2013. But asking “what does a fox look like” brings up a real call from a fox. arctic, who looks like someone whooping cough.

The sound played by Siri is realistic as opposed to overdone or cartoon-like sound.

Funny Easter eggs like this are a common feature for voice assistants like Siri. They increase engagement, especially with children. Apple’s assistant has had the ability to crack jokes since its inception. Amazon’s Alexa assistant also tells jokes. Last year, Amazon researchers published an article on how they were using machine learning to make Alexa jokes funnier.

The new feature is part of iOS 14.3, which introduced privacy labels on the App Store, supports the Fitness + workout service and fixed a bug related to SMS notifications, according to Apple.

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