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iOS 14 includes a major Siri redesign with new translation features

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Apple unveiled its latest iOS 14 operating system during WWDC today, and Siri is getting a big update. Siri will pop up with a new, larger cartoonish icon that appears when you summon the digital assistant in iOS. The new circle now appears over the regular UI of iOS 14, and it can even can throw up widgets when you ask for the weather.

Siri also appears to include a new compact mode, and the assistant will now support sending audio messages. Apple is also adding improved translation support. As part of a new Translate app, Siri will help with translations that will even work completely offline. The new Translate app feels like a big competitor to Google’s own Translate app, and it will also work in landscape mode on iPhones.

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Apple’s new Translate app.

Apple has been gradually improving Siri in recent years, with it supporting 20 times more facts than just three years ago. Apple revealed today that Siri also now serves 25 billion requests per month.

Developing… we’re adding more to this post, but you can follow along with our WWDC 2020 live blog to get the news even faster.

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