The car I drive is about 15 years old, but I love it. Except for the fact it doesn’t have a clock in the dashboard. Weird, eh. Maybe the previous owner had taken the clock out — he’d made a few other unfinished modifications around the stereo.
Anyway, I tried a few cheapie clip-on digital clocks but all were a waste of time and money for one reason or another. For example, one was OK, but I had to keep putting in new batteries, and I quickly tired of that.
Then I had a smart idea: I bought a holder that plugs into the accessory point and holds my iPhone at a place where the clock should have been.
[Note to self: next time you walk all the way up to the car to take a photo of the iPhone in its mount, also take another device to snap the photo with.]
I soon learned to ask Siri:
What time is it? She would respond by saying the time and showing me a tiny analogue clock I couldn’t really read without taking my eyes off the road and squinting at the phone.
I tried tapping that tiny clock and a much better digital clock would display as part of the World Clock. That was an improvement and I’d try to get things all set up before I drove off.
From time to time I’d try to get Siri to open straight to the World Clock or a digital clock, with no success at all. One improvement came though with iOS 8 which at least allows me to access Siri when my phone’s plugged in to power with a simple
Then the other day I discovered the trick, which in retrospect is obvious:
Hey Siri, open Clock app. There is a flaw though: if the Clock app was last displaying something other than the World Clock, such as the Alarm, then that’s what will open. Since I seldom use those other features of the Clock though it usually works for me.
Other handy commands for Siri that I use while driving include:
What’s the temperature?
How strong is the wind?
Send a text message.This should initiate a discussion with Siri about the recipient and the content before Siri finally offers to send the message.
Read latest [or unread] text message.