Siri voice recognition is embarassingly awful

Discussion in 'iOS 12' started by iop, Dec 18, 2018.

  1. iop macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2011
    it cuts me off in slightly noisy environments. There is an easy fix, but it requires some work on Apples side. Unfortunately, siri is completely abandoned by apple which is too busy making emojis, animojis, poomojis and other bovine excrement. If they can’t maintain siri, they should just license google assistant at this point.
  2. Kram Sacul macrumors regular

    Kram Sacul

    Jan 10, 2018
    Southern California
  3. MEJHarrison macrumors 65816

    Feb 2, 2009
    Well that's just bad on Apple's part. Shame on them. They should take those artists creating their emojis and force them to start coding voice recognition software. I've thought that through several times now and really can't see any flaw whatsoever in artists doing coding. Seems like a perfect solution!

    And should that not prove adequate, perhaps they could raid the accounting department for more coders. Get the marketers in on it too. And if they get truly desperate, I'm sure they could find some kitchen workers with nothing better to do.

    Yeah, that will fix Siri in no time at all.
  4. campyguy macrumors 68040

    Mar 21, 2014
    Portland / Seattle
    Just trying to be helpful. I posted in these forums some time ago about finding significantly better dictation results with Apple's apps if I direct my voice input to the top two microphones or use a BT headset with wideband audio. I have noise cancellation enabled.

    In my home office, with two fans running, I just tested what I just wrote by dictating MEJHarrison's post (I'm killing time waiting for a client) including punctuation and the "new paragraph" command at the para breaks and the results were word-for-word perfect.

    I also take advantage of Google Docs and MS Word for longer passages, the latter installed on my Lumia 640. Whatever works, I use it. When using Siri I direct my voice toward the upper portion of my iPhone, with pretty good results. Cheers.
  5. Starship67 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 28, 2017
    Siri works fine for me. I use it daily with out issue. Sorry you can’t seem to get something as simple as Siri to work for you.
  6. s15119 macrumors 68000


    Nov 20, 2010
    I would also say that Siri works fine for me, almost always; sometimes it doesn't understand what I say, or screws up a command, but 95% of the time it works perfectly. I use it every day. Also, the notion that Siri has been abandoned by apple doesn't comport with the facts, in fact the latest OS provided significant improvement to it. It's ludicrous nonsense to suggest that they are too busy on emoji or other things to maintain Siri. Sounds like you should probably chose other phones and computers. Good luck. Life is amazing!
  7. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 603

    Knowlege Bomb

    Feb 14, 2008
    Madison, WI
    *Slow clap
  8. worldvga macrumors member


    Nov 21, 2018
    I very much use it and its working fine with me.
  9. nickchallis92 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 4, 2012
    I have a lot of time for this sentence:

    "too busy making emojis, animojis, poomojis and other bovine excrement"
  10. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    Siri's voice recognition needs to learn your voice and speech patterns. For me Siri is on point. Crowded office every day using it for text it Siri will hear and disregard what other people are saying.

    In my non scientific research from using Assistant, Alexa and Siri as for as voice recognition and ability to learn your speech goes Siri stands out. The results produced from a command can be a different story but they all have their quirks.

    Over the past few months the way Siri handles speech disfluency we all have at times (um, uh, and other hesitations we put into sentences) has gotten significantly better and often disregards it on the fly. Contextual speech has come light years, going from talking Siri being like talking to someone with short term and immediate amnesia to actually being able to maintain a basic conversation (ex "What is 1 + 1?" result being 2 "What is that number + 1" result being 3 instead of Siri asking what is what + 1?). Siri can also handle 'and' and 'except' better than ever which sounds basic but can be surprisingly complicated (ex "turn on all the lights except the bedroom light") which the competition still fails at, at least Alexa for me at the time of typing this.

    Now that Apple gives devs Siri functionality and they acquired Shortcuts (app) Siri is more powerful than ever. The Shortcut app and its integration has a long way to go but it even being an options shows Apples dedication to Siri.

    People often decide how well a voice assistant performs based on to narrow of a text. The more the device can do the more difficult a voice assistant becomes. Comcast X1 cable box for example seems pretty good however its database and functionality is VERY limited, it knows Meet the Fockers is a movie and it will play it and definitely knows you aren't asking it to set a calendar for a meeting with the Fockers. I think anyone with the Alexa Show can see how its brought the Alexa experience WAY down since now it can show you things. I can't get it to give me ingredients, just wants to show me youtube videos of recipes.

    Honestly based on my experience I think it just needs to learn more from usage in your case. With my iPhone leaning against my HomePod playing a Podcast and pressing the button for Siri it will hear both but only respond to me. I don't see why you wouldn't have similar performance unless Siri just needed to learn your voice better.

    You can try resetting Siri but I wouldn't do that unless you are aware and ok it will be starting over.
  11. bransoj macrumors 6502a

    Jul 31, 2013
    I generally dont have an issue with it at all....use it mainly in the car and even knocking along at speed on the motorway with the radio on it will pick up my "Hey Siri" request and then pick up everything i need it to.

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