Siri's faults, what no one is talking about

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by CaptSaltyJack, Oct 14, 2011.

  1. CaptSaltyJack macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2007
    I'd like to bring these up since everyone is too busy raving how awesome Siri is. There are a few fairly big problems:

    - after using Siri, the ringer volume is set to MAX, even though if you adjust the ringer volume, you may only be at level 3 or 4. It takes a few screen locks and adjustments before it kicks in properly at the right level.

    - if you repeatedly interact with the same person (e.g. "tell Steve I'm running late") and you have multiple Steves with different last names, it keeps asking you which Steve. It should be smart enough to eventually just assume which Steve you mean based on frequency of interaction.

    - you ask it to look for restaurants near you, but you can't then say "call The Tiki Hut."

    Anyone else having these probs? Especially the first one which is quite annoying.
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    But what if you DO mean a different Steve?
  3. KentuckyHouse macrumors 68020


    Jan 29, 2010
    Lexington, KY.
    I've definitely got the first one. I noticed this through the day today on my 4S and had no idea what was going on. It took a reboot to correct it.

    It is a beta, though, so I'm sure it's something they'll get ironed out.
  4. CaptSaltyJack thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2007
    Ah that's right, I forget it's beta. Weird that they'd release it then. Beta is fine for smaller groups, but not the entire public!

    And if you meant a different Steve, you would specify the last name, I'd imagine.
  5. Don Kosak macrumors 6502a

    Don Kosak

    Mar 12, 2010
    Hilo, Hawaii
    Try using pronouns on your second and third interaction.


    "Tell Steve I'm running late"

    "Tell Him I'll meet him at the restaurant in 30 minutes."

    I'm not sure if that will work or not, but give it a shot. My phone's still like, in China or something, so I can't test it myself. The ringer volume thing might be a "beta" glitch that gets fixed in the next update.

    So far most of the glitches I've read about are pretty small. Not like the proximity sensor glitch last year.
  6. eroxx macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2010
  7. krs7272 macrumors regular


    Sep 27, 2010
    Only issue I've been running into is Siri say unable to connect to network?
  8. SunnyFL macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2010
    Same here
  9. CaptSaltyJack thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2007
    Ditto the network failures. Probably because a million or so people are all asking Siri stuff like "WHERE DO BABIES COME FROM?" :) and bogging down Apple's servers.
  10. bruleke macrumors 6502


    Jun 26, 2009
    I expected that from Siri.

    Voice recognition is something that work with some people and with other just won't.

    Seems like some people don't have the 'right' pinch/voice for the recognition.

    Since IBM via voice (90's) I've been trying to use softwares like Siri is nowadays.

    These softwares always recognize 50-60% of what you say.

    Write this: you WILL leave Siri after some frustrations and you WILL get frustraded. Someday you will just say: "oh ******** this! I will type down"
  11. acfusion29 macrumors 68040


    Nov 8, 2007
    ya, and then that one time comes where you interact with a different steve and you get all pissed off and post on MR because Siri isn't smart enough to know that you only interact with Steve at this time, or on these days :rolleyes:

    see where i'm going with this?
  12. CaptSaltyJack thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2007
    OH forgot.. "raise to speak" works like 1 out of 5 times. Argh!
  13. salesguy macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2009
    I'm glad I am not the only one this is happening to, I'm sure it will be fixed in next update but it is very annoying. Is it the result of talking so loud into the microphone?
  14. d4rkc4sm macrumors 6502


    Apr 23, 2011
    ask siri "how is babby formed"
  15. kas23 macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A334 Safari/7534.48.3)

    Siri is certainly not a game changer. I feel slightly embarrassed I bought into the hype. It's really no different than past voice recognition apps. To begin, I'm only speaking at the *right* time about 70% of the time, then when I'm speaking at the correct moment, it says the network is unavailable.

    When I do everything right, it only works about 40% of the time. For example, it couldn't handle "direct me to home", "give me directions to the Olive Garden", or "who is Umberto Eco".

    I expected more from Apple. I feel slightly deceived.
  16. BoxerGT2.5 macrumors 68000


    Jun 4, 2008
    If you tell it to blow you, will it bring up a picture of a windmill in safari?
  17. braddick macrumors 68040


    Jun 28, 2009
    Encinitas, CA
    Really that many people who don't know where babies come from?
  18. Tuckrat macrumors member


    Dec 14, 2008
    New Hampshire, USA
    Yeah, the issues with Siri not being able to connect to a network to do a simple task like 'Call Susan', let alone anything, is total BS. The older Voice Command didn't have to connect to a network to do a simple call. I can understand connecting to the network to get answers to other questions, like 'Where do babies come from?' (Since that seems to be the favorite on this thread, LOL).

    Anyway, what this tells me that needing a dual core A5 processor is probably not really required for Siri to work, but Apple is limiting it to A5's to force people to buy the 4s to get the feature. But uhoh, the servers are getting hammered, and now the most touted feature of the phone doesn't work. How are you liking your $200-400 DEAF assistant now? :(

    Yeah, yeah, I know it's beta and the novelty will wear off and the server load will drop. It's just BS that Apple limits us to an A5 for the feature to work where the phone's processing power apparently has nothing to do with it.

    Aside from this, the phone is awesome. :eek:
  19. PhoneI macrumors 68000

    Mar 7, 2008
    I am extremely impressed with Siri so far. Best voice recognition I ever used.
  20. admanimal macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2005
    It's not just connecting to the network to get information, some of the actual AI processing is going on in the cloud. So basically Siri doesn't really know what you're asking unless there is a network connection.
  21. firestarter macrumors 603


    Dec 31, 2002
    Green and pleasant land
    A big backwards step seems to be that it always relies on there being a data connection.

    I use voice recognition all the time on my 3gs when I'm on the subway to change music tracks (it works OK if I hold the mic close to my mouth, and the train noise is too loud to disturb anyone else).

    I'd be really annoyed to loose that feature. Apple should regress to the previous technology if there's no data connection, rather than just giving up.

    Bad excuse. Simple commands like this were parsed fine in the last two models without relying on a server farm in the cloud.
  22. Tuckrat macrumors member


    Dec 14, 2008
    New Hampshire, USA
    Right. That's what I'm saying. The processing is offloaded, so the processor in the phone probably does not matter much. So why can't us iPhone 4 users have the feature? Because then Apple wouldn't make money...
  23. austinguy23 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 8, 2008
    Apple now has its own Trailers (movies) app so I'm sure that's on the way very soon...
  24. Tuckrat macrumors member


    Dec 14, 2008
    New Hampshire, USA
    I forgot about voice commands for music control. My thinking was that if you didn't have a cell signal to process the command, then you most likely wouldn't be able to place a call anyway. I didn't even think of commands to control music, which don't require cellular access. Wow that is going to suck if you're on a plane with Airplane mode turned on...
  25. Tilpots macrumors 601


    Apr 19, 2006
    Carolina Beach, NC
    Not for the guy next to you.

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