It is true that, if we analyze the current situation of Crab, its interface the least of its problems is the real issue that prevents the assistant from being considered a fundamental part of iOS simply the (little) amount of scenarios in which it is really useful.
Because the designer Kvin Eugne tried to kill both problems at the same time with this latest concept published in UX Design , which proposes a significant renewal of the assistant.
Eugne's main idea is to turn Siri into a less intrusive presence on iOS: instead of occupying the entire screen every time it is evoked, it would appear in a notification-like window at the top of the screen, behaving in the same way as always did. The ?complete? wizard interface would only appear if you called it on the lock screen or the home screen.
With the change, the designer imagines a series of cases in which Siri would offer what he calls ?parallel help?, that is, taking in context what is appearing on the screen and interacting with these elements. It would be possible, for example, to ask Siri to show you his photos taken in Japan while you chat with someone on iMessage and quickly select the images you want to send the person, either by touching multiple options or simply dragging the desired photo to the conversation (yes, the drag / drop gesture on the iPhone can also be useful!).
If Siri's ?window? was inactive for some time, it would be minimized in a small bar (similar to the multitasking bar at the bottom of the iPhone X, whichever is smaller) and l would stay until it was definitively dismissed. The good part of it is that the assistant ?travels? between active apps; if you switch from iMessage to Mail, for example, you can retrieve your latest survey from Siri and select several photos from Japan to send to your contact by email.
In a somewhat more frightening scenario, Siri would be attentive to the context of everything you are doing on the iPhone / iPad to intervene in times when it can be useful for example, if you are in iMessage agreeing to go out to a Japanese restaurant with a friend but doesn?t know which one, she appears automatically giving a suggestion next. Another example: if she realizes that you are going to be late for an appointment marked on the agenda, she appears asking if you want to send a message to the person with whom you have arranged; if you drag the window down to expand it, other options will appear.
As one of the main techniques here is not to interrupt what you are doing, this new Siri would still open windows of other applications on top of the current asset for you to perform quick actions. It would be possible to say, for example, ?I want to write to Yannick? and a window popup iMessage would appear, allowing you to type a quick message.
"Siri-in-a-window" will also allow you to take action on what is happening on the screen, such as asking the assistant to make the last paragraph of an email bold, saving an image on the screen or even scrolling down the content one little bit what would be great for situations where you had your hands busy and especially for users with accessibility problems.
Eugne's concept also touches on other iOS points, presenting changes in the system's Maps and notifications (which would adopt the concept of ?Live Notifications? and would show useful information persistently, such as an itinerary or a stopwatch).
The complete work of the designer deserves to be seen because, even though Apple does not adopt his ideas in the way they were presented, they point in an interesting direction regarding usability. Do you agree?