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Siri on iOS 5 has a hidden feature on the iPhone 4S

Two hidden iOS 5 features in the space of a week, could this get any more exciting for iPhone fans? After informing you about Apple’s secret Panorama camera mode on iOS, another hidden feature has been spotted, this time related to the world’s favorite female assistant, Siri.

After a routine teardown of the iPhone 4S by those specialists at iFixit, it was discovered that Siri has some added functionality that Apple didn’t focus on at their recent event when they first unveiled the device, as reported from Apple Insider.

The functionality in question allows Siri to operate from just placing the handset to your ear, utilizing a new ‘raise-to-speak’ mode of Siri. This is possible as iFixit discovered that the iPhone 4S actually possesses a new proximity sensor different to the one featured on the iPhone 4 and it could be a piece of the puzzle in Apple’s decision to restrict Siri to the iPhone 4S only.

Generally, most consumers use the standard method of activating Siri by pushing the home key down, but you can actually use the services of Siri just by raising the phone to your ear. It is the new proximity sensor that lets this happen, although users need to switch this feature on first in their iPhone settings.

We have included a video below from iFixit which explains a little more about Apple’s new proximity sensor on the iPhone 4S. Have you ever used the raise-to-speak function of Siri, or do you just hold the button down? In Apple’s defence, we can see why they didn’t make Siri available on the iPhone 4 initially, as it would then disable some features of Siri since the proximity sensor on the iPhone 4 operates in a different way to the iPhone 4S.

How often do you really use Siri? Have any of you plucked up the courage to start talking to your phone in public or is Siri strictly for home only?

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

Contact Alan Ng: alan@product-reviews.net

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You seem to be a little late to this party Alan.

Nick Gilbert

So what’s the hidden feature? I don’t get it. The proximity sensor is not new/hidden (it was on the 4) and neither is ‘raise to speak’ which is clearly shown in the menus?

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Oh common! I have been using this feature since the iOS 5 came out! You guys are the pros and just finding out about it now?

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