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Apple's iPhone 6s launch: Siri drops new hints

Published 09/09/2015 | 10:21

When Apple first confirmed the date of the event at which it will unveil its latest iPhones, its invitation sent out to journalists contained the cryptic phrase "Hey Siri, give us a hint".

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The event, to be held in San Francisco at 6pm UK time on Wednesday September 9, is expected to be one of the biggest days in Apple's history.

Not only is it likely to unveil new iPhones, the 6s and 6s Plus, but a powerful new model of the Apple TV is also widely expected. The inclusion of Siri in the invitation be a nod to the Apple TV, which is expected to closely incorporate the personal assistant software.

However, asking Siri on the iPhone to give a hint yielded very little in the way of answers.

Its responses ranged from the curious "the only hint I can give you is a hint of lime" to the downright unhelpful "Look deep within yourself and you will find the answer".

Now, just over a day before the event has started, asking Siri for a hint yields new answers.

For those looking for answers, you're probably not going to find them. They range from "OK, I just sent it to you via synthetic telepathy" to "OK. It's smaller than a Grafalian battle cruiser and bigger than a mote in a Zoltaxian's eye".

"Grafalian" and "Zoltaxian" don't appear to be a reference to anything in particular - although they have cropped up in Siri before.

In another response, Siri claims to have missed the rehearsal for Wednesday's keynote because it was reminding users to "call their mum" (this appears to be a UK-only answer).

And in another, it responds with binary code "010001110110111101110100".

If you're wondering, that's binary for "Got".

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