Siri: Good and Bad

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by Vertigo50, Jun 12, 2013.

  1. Vertigo50 macrumors 65816


    Apr 11, 2007
    Not only does Siri change settings like brightness and Bluetooth now, but she will read a "preview" of an email!! It's looking like Apple is finally putting a little work into Siri.

    The bad news:

    Siri is still slow and buggy as ever. I know, I know, it's only Beta 1, and I fully understand that, but it's really disappointing to use the Google search app and watch it scroll the words I'm saying across the screen instantaneously, then switch to Siri and watch a spinning circle for 10 seconds, and then have her respond, "I didn't quite get that." This is on a very strong Wifi connection, by the way.

    Okay, Apple, it's time to step up and make Siri what it should have been in the beginning, or at the very least catch up with Google.

    On second thought, why don't you just kiss and make up with Google and let them take over the voice assistant stuff.
  2. PirateP macrumors 6502


    Aug 3, 2010
    Naboo Land
  3. liquidtrend macrumors 6502


    Jul 26, 2008
    i havent had any problems with siri. it feels quicker to me. shes replying much faster than usual.
  4. Maverick1337 macrumors 65816


    Nov 4, 2008
    How can something still be in Beta 1 for 2 years? Are they just using that as a fall back to explain poor performance? What changes made to Siri would put it "out of beta"?
  5. NT1440 macrumors G4


    May 18, 2008
    Ask Google, just about every product they had was Beta for years....
  6. Vertigo50 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Apr 11, 2007
    True, but Google always seemed to use that as a caveat for, "don't get mad if we change everything 3 times a day.".

    In the meantime, the products were often better than the competition.

    Just look at Google Search on the iPhone. It can't hook into the OS, but it blows Siri out of the water even with it's really limited scope.

    If Apple let the Google Search loose on iOS, it would be crushing it right now, letting us do almost anything with voice, with nearly instantaneous response times.
  7. protobiont macrumors 6502a

    Jul 6, 2010
    Agreed. The instant feedback from the google voice search is really nice.
  8. bearda macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2005
    Germantown, MD
    Google Search is kinda limited in what it can do via voice, even on Android. I was really surprised when I couldn't send a text message without confirming on the touchscreen on my Nexus 4. I really got use to being able to send my wife a message saying I was stuck in traffic via the bluetooth system in my car.

    Don't get me wrong, I think Google Now is great. Apple has definitely put some work into Siri use cases that I think Google could still benefit from, though.
  9. Dolorian macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2007
    If only...I would really love for that to happen.
  10. gmanist1000 macrumors 68030


    Sep 22, 2009
    I enjoy her new features.

    I hope they speed her up by the time it's released publicly. It needs to be Google Voice Search fast....
  11. mattroman246 macrumors 6502


    Mar 19, 2009
    Upstate NY
    She does not sound any different to me, was so hopeful too!
  12. hackjo macrumors member

    Sep 16, 2012
    I did a head to head with a friend who was running the latest version of Android. Siri's recognition and flexibility blew it away. Having said that, my unit is accustomed to my voice quite well as I make regular use of Siri on it.
  13. matty.p macrumors 6502

    Jun 24, 2010
    Portland, OR
    Per the release notes the new voices aren't included in Beta 1.

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