Siri - the waste of virtual space

Discussion in 'iOS 10' started by Galacticos, Dec 13, 2016.

  1. Galacticos macrumors 6502a


    Apr 5, 2016
    The only time I use Siri is as a workaround to limited Apple app capabilities (eg reminders).

    I think I should disable her.

    Slag her off or let me know where she's useful
  2. LoveToMacRumors macrumors 68020


    Feb 15, 2015
    I disabled it. Here in canada, i rarely see people use siri in public. A waste of time.
  3. Ds6778 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 9, 2016
    Siri is consistently inconsistent. She probably gets half of what I say. I really hope Apple has something big waiting for us. Amazon and Google are KILLING IT right now.
  4. Galacticos thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Apr 5, 2016
    Yeah I hardly use it for the workarounds anyway. Thinking of it maybe 5 times a year, if that. Apple spend too much time talking such a punctured piece of software up
  5. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    Well, the options to simply not use Siri or to actually disable Siri are there.
  6. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Siri needs revamping. But she is useful for tasking and basic info.
  7. Armen macrumors 604


    Apr 30, 2013
    Hands-free Siri (iPhone 6S and later) is actually pretty useful. Every morning I ask Siri what time it is when I get out of the shower, what the weather is for the day and how long my commute to work is as I"m getting dressed without stopping to touch my phone as it sits on the nightstand.
  8. bransoj macrumors 6502a

    Jul 31, 2013
    I use it mainly in the car for doing things using the Hey Siri command. Useful for texts being read to me, replying to them, getting addresses to put in the sat nav etc. I have no need to use it outside of that really.
  9. honglong1976 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 12, 2008
    Agreed! Google is better! Siri just looks pretty!
  10. laudern macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2011
    I've had Siri disabled for quite some time now and have never once wished I did not.

    I don't have time for that ****.
  11. aristobrat, Dec 14, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2016

    aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    I find it useful, too.

    For me, it's by far the fastest way to create reminders:
    "Hey Siri, remind me at 9 AM tomorrow to call the vet"
    "Hey Siri, add garbage bags to my Sams Club list"
    "Hey Siri, add milk to my Shopping list"

    And this (granted, on my watch) is so much nicer when I'm working outside (or coming back from a bike ride) vs. flipping up the remote garage door opener keypad and typing in the code:
    "Hey Siri, open the garage door"

    Use it for texting when driving all the time:
    "Hey Siri, text Scott .... I'm running about 10 minutes late"
    "Hey Siri, reply to Jason ... [whatever]"

    Even for some fairly quick tasks, it can make it less of a hassle:
    "Hey Siri, turn on low-power mode". For me, quicker than drilling through the Settings app to find that setting.
    "Hey Siri, did I leave the garage door open?"
    "Hey Siri, what time is my alarm set for tomorrow?"
    "Hey Siri, turn [on/off] my bedroom ceiling fan"
    (awesome when laying in bed)

    I rarely use it for general "Google searches", though.
  12. LordQ Suspended


    Sep 22, 2012
    She's good for Shazam, timers, weather, translating single words and showtimes. Else she sucks.
  13. MrGimper macrumors 603


    Sep 22, 2012
    Andover, UK
    "Hey Siri, set a timer for xx minutes"

    That's how useful it is to me.
  14. decafjava macrumors 68020


    Feb 7, 2011
    Well would rather go without a virtual assistant than use a privacy sieve but that's just me.
  15. honglong1976 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 12, 2008
    What do people have to hide? Google knows I go to a few websites and my location. Big deal! It's only a problem if you have something to hide!
  16. decafjava macrumors 68020


    Feb 7, 2011
  17. Lappen71 macrumors 6502


    Nov 16, 2012
    I use Siri all the time.
    To read and send text message.
    To start Podcast,soundbook,music,specifik playlist.
    To get directions when i´m walking, driving, bicycling.
    To setup task in calendar.

    The more I use Siri the more accurate she get.
  18. Phoenixx, Dec 15, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2016

    Phoenixx Suspended


    Jul 3, 2015
    To me this would only be a problem if someone was actually looking at my data - they aren't. Even with Google, who are probably the worst company for collecting data, they go to extraordinary measures to make sure that their staff don't have access to it. The fact that they have all this data, is only going to be a problem if you do something illegal, and are the subject of an investigation. If you are accused of something you didn't do, the data could actually help prove your innocence.

    In truth, your data is far more vulnerable in an old school filing system, and you are far more likely to have your personal information spread around by hiring a person as a PA.
  19. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    There are also things like what's been happening with Yahoo! lately to keep in mind.
  20. midkay macrumors regular

    Jan 27, 2008
    Like with any tech, you do have to make a point of learning & using the feature to its fullest extent, it's not just gonna use itself. Most people only bother learning to use it to set alarms. And they don't practice dictating a bit extra clearly like they should. But if you learn how to use it well, it can save you so much time.

    I use these practically every day:
    • Set alarms and timers
    • "Remind me at 5pm" or "tomorrow" or "next Wednesday" to do something - AMAZINGLY useful. "Remind me at 6pm Thursday night that I have a concert to go to". Saves 30+ sec EVERY time and I never miss anything important.
    • "Delete all my alarms" - no way to do this in the clock app itself
    • "Hey Siri, define 'percipient'" - I do this often while reading books, don't even have to look up from the page to learn a new word.
    • "What time does Home Depot close?"
    • "How long would it take to get to Fry's Electronics?"
    Sometimes I have a whole conversation with her from across the room: Hey Siri, when is my my alarm set tomorrow? Ugh, that is too early. Hey Siri, delete all my alarms. Hey Siri, set alarm for 9 am. Hey Siri, thank you!

    That was before I had the watch... now I can also do this all from my wrist. To me that is pretty ****ing nuts. I think the feature is amazing.

    (Not to deny it can definitely get 1000x better in the coming years.)

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