6:46 pm June 14, 2012, by Christopher Seward
Poor Siri. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak doesn’t have a lot of love for you.
“I’m really disappointed,” he said this week about the iPhone 4S voice-recognition application that is always ready to offer help with just about anything she’s asked.
Wozniak’s comments, to a Timesunion.com reporter at a horse farm in Patersonville, N.Y, came as Apple touted more upgrades to Siri during its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco this week. Apple said she’ll provide better responses, and will be able to launch apps, update Facebook or Twitter, and speak more languages, among other things.
Wozniak said he wasn’t always down on Siri, who he said used to be on the mark with accurate answers to a wide variety of queries.
“I would say, ‘Siri, what are the five largest lakes in California?’ and it would come up, one, two, three, four, five,” he told Timesunion.com. “And I would ask, ‘What are the prime numbers greater than 87?’ and they would come up all in a row. That was pretty incredible.”
“Then Apple bought Siri,” Wozniak told Timesunion.com. And things haven’t been the same since.
“‘What are the largest lakes in California?’ I’d get all these lakefront properties. And I’d say, ‘What are the prime numbers greater than 87?’ And I’d get prime rib.”
He said he doesn’t quite understand what happened, but Wozniak isn’t the only one disappointed over Siri’s performance. A lawsuit has been filed against Apple, claiming Siri isn’t living up to the advertising hype that surrounds her. Unmoved, Apple said the California suit should be dismissed.
Also at WWDC this week, Apple announced it is working with automakers such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Honda, and GM to make Siri available in their vehicles. But a CNET report says some automakers are fearful that yet another potential distraction could make them vulnerable to lawsuits after an accident.
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