Apple’s Siri on the iPhone assistant is known for her punchy humor and for advising you on rain when you’re already near a window. Now the iOS virtual assistant can help you get started working on that hot hip-hop track you’ve always wanted to record. If you ask Siri about her beatboxing skills, she’ll repeat “boots and cats”–an infamous phrase that beginner beat boxers around the world know and love.
We decided to test Siri’s beat-making skills, but not just in one on her accents accent. We took the task to American, English and Australian Siri. And we were pretty impressed with the results.
There’s no surprise that each region’s English-speaking Siri sounded different when spitting hot fire from our iPhones. But we were surprised to see that with each change in accent, Siri’s pace increased. American Siris took their time while English Siris went a little faster. Australian Siri had the most upbeat beatboxing skills of them all. What’s the rush, Australia?
With the release of the iPhone 6S back in 2015, Apple took a cue from Android’s ability to always listen for a key phrase. Not only can users activate it without needing to press a button, Siri on the new device can only be summoned by the phone’s owner. While it may not be as accurate as fingerprint authentication, we found that it still works well. And, as you probably can guess, invoking Siri this way can also activate the beatbox mode. A feature even BB-8 can get excited about.