Apple seems to be planning to upgrade Siri with iOS 11.2 to ensure that it is able to recognise certain commands even when offline. As discovered by a Reddit user, Siri on iOS 11.2 beta 3 appears smart enough to be able to recognise commands like “play”, “pause” etc. while playing music even when your iPhone is not connected to the internet.
Siri usually processes voice commands through Apple’s servers which requires access to an active internet connection, but it looks like the Cupertino company has tweaked its digital assistant to be able to recognise some basic commands when offline in iOS 11.2.
Google’s Assistant has had offline voice commands support for over a year now. For now, as discovered by Redditors, only basic commands like “play”, “pause”, “next song”, “previous song”, “repeat song” work. Any change in command like “play music” or “play songs from Taylor Swift” will trip Siri and requires access to the internet.
Since all the commands that work offline are related to music playback, it is likely that Apple added support for them in Siri to allow AirPods users to easily control music playback without having to take out their phone from their pocket.
Offline voice recognition support in Siri still seems to be finicky for most users so if you are running iOS 11.2 beta 3 on your iPhone or iPad, do give it a shot and let us know whether it is working for you or not.