04 September 2020
Siri is Apple's digital assistant for iOS users that helps them get things done with just voice commands. It is very useful in various situations but there is one particular issue that many users have complained about in the past. It is that whenever Siri is triggered, the UI takes over the whole iOS device display and stops the user from doing anything else. The good news is this is set to change with the next software upgrade.
During the iOS 14 launch keynote, Apple announced a new Siri UI that does not take the entire display space. It will now take a small space on the display so that users can continue using what they were doing before trigging the assistant. The change will be more effective on iPads with iPadOS 14 as they have a much bigger display panel.
It should be noted that Apple has been beta testing the new Siri UI for quite some time but apps in the background were not interactive. It means users were able to see the app they had opened but were not able to perform any action like touching menus or navigating the app. Moreover, touching anywhere on the display used to dismiss Siri. This is said to have changed with the latest iOS 14, iPadOS 14 beta as users are now able to interact with the apps at the same time interacting with Siri.
Since the feature is in the beta phase, it is reported to be a hit and miss at the moment which is expected. It should work with full stability once the stable iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 becomes available for everyone. It goes without saying that the stable build will arrive with the iPhone 12 lineup tipped to launch in October.