Siri Tip of the Day: What’s my Elevation

Get your elevation by asking Siri. This works on iPhones from the iPhone 6 and newer.

Your iPhone, if it’s new enough, knows your elevation. You can find out how high up you are by simply asking Siri. There are various ways to phrase it, but the way I do it is “What’s my elevation?”

Siri knows how high you are.

Check out my Seven Super Siri Tips for more. And, check out my giant, up-to-date list of every Siri article on this site.

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Which model of iPhone do I have?

Some iPhone models look a lot alike! In iOS 12 you can find out exactly which one you have, right down to Apple’s part number.

The iPhone 8s looks like the iPhone 8– and the iPhone 7s, and the iPhone 7, and the iPhone 6s, and the iPhone 6! The iPhone X, the Xs, and the Xr also look a lot alike. How can you tell which phone you have?

In iOS 12, it’s easy. Just go to Settings / General / About… and there it is.

Which iPhone do I have?

Note the name of your iPhone (at the top of the About screen) is up to you. Call your iPhone anything you want. If you don’t change it, your iPhone is just called “iPhone.” If you restored from the backup of an older iPhone when setting up this one, your new iPhone probably has the name of the older one. This will be confusing when you use AirDrop, when you look at Find My iPhone, and other times too, so it’s best to change the name to something that makes sense.

While you’re in there looking at your iPhone’s model name, you can also see your iPhone’s model number. You can tap the model number to see the Apple part number (it sure doesn’t look like something tappable, but it is.) This is, potentially, useful information too. So is your warranty expiration date, which for me is 8 days from the date of this post.

Note: if (because you’re on an older iOS) all you see in About is a model number, you can still figure out which iPhone you have by going to Apple’s page that lists all of the iPhones and model numbers, all the way back to the original iPhone of 2007, complete with pictures and specs. Worth a look.

Unfortunately Apple is not consistent with their nomenclature. The “Model Number” they show in Settings / General / About is called “Part Number” on their page listing the iPhone models. For example, in the picture above, the Model Number is listed as “MQ8X2LL/A,” but they really mean “Part number.” The actual model number for my iPhone, obtained by tapping where it says MQ8X2LL/A, is “A1897.” Now you know. They could fix this by changing the label in iOS 12’s About screen– maybe they will.

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Siri Tip of the Day: Translate

Use Siri to translate from nine foreign languages into English. See the translation, and hear it also. It’s as easy as “How do you say…”

Translate words and phrases into other languages using Siri. It’s easy when you know how, and here’s how:

Just say “How do you say…” and then the words you want to translate and then “… in Spanish.” Or “… in French.” Or “… in German.” (Or one of several other languages.) For example:

How do you say “Where is the bathroom” in Spanish?

Siri: How do you say “Where is the bathroom” in Spanish?

You’ll see the translation written out, and also spoken. Want to hear it again? Tap the “play” button at the right of the translation.

Or… how do you say “Where is the nearest train station” in French?

Siri: How do you say “Where is the nearest train station” in French?

Or… how do you say “I would like three pretzels with mustard” in German?

Siri: How do you say “I would like three pretzels with mustard” in German?

Not sure which language to translate into? Just ask “How do you say…” and then your phrase, but don’t specify a language to translate into. Then, choose a language from the list that appears. For example:

Siri: How do you say “I love you”

(If you scroll you’ll see that Siri also knows Mandarin Chinese.)

Tap a language and see the result.

How to say “I love you” in Russian

Speaking of Russian, here’s a phrase that may have, possibly, come in handy for some people recently:

Siri: how do you say “Could you help me get elected” in Russian

Want to go in the other direction– Spanish to English, or French to English, or German to English, or (whatever) to English? Sorry, Siri can’t do that. Not right now. (Technically Siri CAN do that, but you’d have to set the Siri language to Spanish, or French, or German, or whatever, and that messes up other things, so for now, the answer is “Sorry, Siri can’t do that.”)

Check out my Seven Super Siri Tips for more. And, check out my giant, up-to-date list of every Siri article on this site.

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