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“Hey Siri” in iOS 8: New Voice Activation in Standby While Connected to Power [VIDEO]

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Apple announced a new “Hey Siri” feature coming in iOS 8 but didn’t get to share details about it at its WWDC 2014 keynote. Essentially, the feature now allows Siri to be activated when your device is connected to a power source (for example when plugged in while in the car), bringing true ‘hands-free Siri’ capabilities.

In Settings > General > Siri, there’s a new toggle for Voice Activation that reads:

When connected to power, start talking to Siri without pressing the home button by saying “Hey Siri”.

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So with your iPhone or iPad screen off, all you need to do is say “Hey Siri” and the voice activation will kick in. Check out the demo below:

For those with Bluetooth connectivity in your car, new Siri Voice Activation will make it much safer to use your iPhone while driving (well, you should never be using a cellphone while driving), providing similar CarPlay-like capabilities.

Other new Siri features in iOS 8 include the ability to search the App Store and iTunes for specific apps and songs.

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