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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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  • Ekhlasur Rahman

    How is this supposed to work in a typical iDevice household? Our bedroom will have 4 iDevices (2 iPhones, 2 iPads) all plugged in and all listening for “Hey Siri”.

  • Lol I never thought of that. Whisper closely with love to the device you want to use?

  • ?suttonmontreal

    ja ja thats funny. you’ll have a concert of Siri voices if you say “Hey Siri, sing a song”

  • Jacob Tran

    hahahah really cool thought

  • iFone

    #FWP

  • artikas

    Gary, not sure if you got your hand on iOS8 but do you know if “hey siri” works from the lock screen?

  • Works from everywhere as long as you are plugged in. Yes

  • hub2

    A Morphie juice pack or similar portable power would also count as “connected to power”, wouldn’t it? Or do portable packs deliver power at a rate (or is there something built into Lightning protocols) that iOS can tell isn’t from a wall outlet or full USB?

  • I would think so. As long as the battery is being charged, it should work.

  • That’s strange. I haven’t been able to get it to respond from the lock screen.

  • Thomas Yoon

    Maybe he has a family or roommates. Not everyone lives alone. :3

  • Ekhlasur Rahman

    …asked the virgin living in his mom’s basement.

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