iOS 8.3 will allow you to make calls on the speakerphone using ‘Hey Siri’

Users who upgrade their iPhone to iOS 8.3 when it’s released next month will be finally able to tell Siri to make a phone call through the device’s speakerphone when the ‘Hey Siri’ option is enabled, reports 9to5Mac.
All you need to do is connect your iPhone to a power source, and say “Hey Siri”, followed by whatever request you want to make such as make a call, check emails etc.

It’s a very useful feature, especially while you’re driving, but it has its drawbacks. You can only invoke it when your iPhone or iPad is connected to a power source.

The other drawback is that when you want to use it call someone, you still had to tap on the speaker button to be able to hear the person you’re calling.

Not only is this godsent for making phone calls from across the room, but also indispensable when using the iPhone in your car without CarPlay or in-car Bluetooth system.

Currently, a phone call initiated via the ‘Hey Siri’ hands-free command is not automatically routed through the speakerphone.

The ‘Hey Siri’ option, which was added to iOS 8 last fall, allows users to activate the voice assistant hands-free by saying the phrase “Hey Siri” when the device is plugged into power.

All you need to do is say “Hey Siri call Gautam on speaker”, and it will make the call on the speakerphone, so you don’t need to tap on speaker button.

If you try to use the command in iOS 8.2, then Siri does a web search.

Apple has seeded the third beta version of iOS 8.3 few days back. Apple has also launched an invite-only iOS public beta program, where it has seeded iOS 8.3 beta 3 to testers.

iOS 8.3 includes improved performance, increased stability, bug fixes, a redesigned Emoji keyboard, Google two-factor authentication support, Wireless CarPlay and more. It also includes a new conversation list filtering option and fixes the keyboard so people stop inserting periods while using Safari.

iOS 8.3 will be a significant update for Siri, as in addition to this feature, it also brings much awaited support for additional language and country to Siri: English (India, New Zealand), Danish (Denmark), Dutch (Netherlands), Portuguese (Brazil), Russian (Russia), Swedish (Sweden), Thai (Thailand) and Turkish (Turkey).

We hope Apple also gives users the option to enable the feature even when the device is not connected to a power source. Until then, you can install UntetheredHeySiri, the jailbreak tweak that allows you to use the “Hey Siri” feature without being plugged in, if you’ve a jailbroken iPhone or iPad.

So what do you think ?


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