Something simple Siri can't do

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by richardiju78, Jul 31, 2015.

  1. richardiju78 macrumors newbie


    Jun 10, 2015
    Charleston, SC
    I am trying to get Siri to remember how old my mom is. This should be pretty simple. For example, I should be able to tell Siri my mom was born Month, Day, Year and not only should Siri then tell me how old she is but she should remember as well. But nothing. Any tips on how to make this happen?
  2. Will22 macrumors 65816


    Dec 4, 2011
    If you're new to iOS and you are used to either Google or Cortana then get used to finding things it can't do. Hopefully it will catch up with iOS 9
  3. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    If you enter a date of birth on the contact card for your mom, you can then ask Siri how old she is and it will tell you, but I don't know of a way to update the details via siri
  4. nouveau-apple macrumors 6502a

    Sep 29, 2014
    Siri is not that advanced and never will be. All it does is search google. And it doesn't even do THAT right.
  5. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Except Siri does way more than that and certainly improves and will continue improving over time.
  6. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    Siri can correctly answer when you ask her "how old am I?"

    You think that adding other people to that equation is just so super-complicated that it will never happen?

    EDIT: Scratch that. I just asked her how old my sister is and she told me. So apparently Siri can already do what you said she never will.

    OP - The catch is that you have to enter the relationships manually in the contact cards. I don't think you can program it using Siri alone.
  7. nouveau-apple, Jul 31, 2015
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    nouveau-apple macrumors 6502a

    Sep 29, 2014
    Siri doesn't even have a memory.

    It's not a very good assistant if it doesn't have a memory.

    Look at this screenshot. I don't know what Siri YOU are using.

    But the Siri made by Apple that's on the iPhone, is very very dumb.

    You might as well give up on it. It won't be what people wanted it to eventually be.

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  8. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC

    Same one as you. If you'd actually read what I wrote I'd bet you could make it work too.

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  9. AndrewR23 macrumors 68040

    Jun 24, 2010
    I say you just do it the old fashion way and write your moms birthday on a piece of paper and put it in your wallet/purse.

    side note- I wonder if people ask Siri what they should eat today?
  10. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Siri is really limiting especially if you're used to Cortana. I've had windows phones and you get used to what it can do, then go to siri. I've largely avoid using it because its no better then a search engine.
  11. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Not really having had much experience with Cortana, curious what sort of things are main differentiators when it comes to your typical use?
  12. nouveau-apple macrumors 6502a

    Sep 29, 2014
    It's not really that cool because it's not really an assistant at all. You're just giving it commands in the form of a question. Siri can't think on its own. It's a directory.

    That's why I don't like Siri.
  13. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    What do you mean by thinking on its own?
  14. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    I asked siri to do my laundry today.
    She said no:(
  15. nouveau-apple macrumors 6502a

    Sep 29, 2014
    Autonomous. We have to tell Siri to do everything and it can do nothing on its own not a single thing.
  16. eoblaed macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
    Grossly mistaken.

    I use siri daily for things that don't involve google.
  17. eoblaed macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
    In this thread: lots of people that have no idea how to use siri, apparently.

    I use siri to set timers (much faster than unlocking, getting to the clock app, selecting the timer tab, and scrolling through to set the timer) every day.

    I use her to set calendar appointments. I use her to set reminders (often using relative dates (eg. 'siri, remind me in 3 weeks to give my puppies their flea medication')). Again, much faster than the tapping alternative.

    I use siri to play tracks from various artists (I find this convenient when I'm driving. "siri, play panaphobia" -- she almost instantly identifies that it's a track from The Agonist and starts it).

    And even though it's not the typical siri interface, the dictation interface uses the same engine and is quite good (it's seen some dramatic improvements over the last year).

    I use her for lots of other things as well, but these were some of the things I can think of off the top of my head that I do constantly that don't fit into the realm of "all it does is search google; all it is is a directory; etc".

    I'm not making any claims as to it's relative usefulness vis a vis cortana, but saying all it is is a directory/google lookup is flat out wrong.
  18. nouveau-apple macrumors 6502a

    Sep 29, 2014
    I do that.

    Siri is not interesting anymore.

    It doesn't do anything better than I can do myself. I don't really feel like its assisting.
  19. nouveau-apple macrumors 6502a

    Sep 29, 2014
    Which doesn't make any sense.

    Why would I want it to repeat something I already typed in? That's a waste of time.

    Earlier they said we could just talk to it and it would do it. It doesn't do.

    Siri is beneath me. It doesn't have that wow factor. I thought there might be little toddler toys that do better computations than Siri does.

    Like that Barbie doll.

    I don't know what's wrong but Siri doesn't do much the way Apple has it set up.

    It's not something I would want to talk to.
  20. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    So, it's a waste of time to retrieve information that is already written down, or recorded?
    That should make an information manager, or a programmer, feel good about what they do, don't you think?
    Siri knows where your information is, and how to get it.
    Much of the task of information retrieval is discovering the right question to ask.
    Learn that, and Siri will be your grand emissary - the purveyor of all that is good :D
    BTW, the new british female voice for Siri in iOS 9 is the new love of my life!
  21. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    So what is it that you'd like for it to doing (that other similar services can)?
  22. valinda macrumors 6502


    May 16, 2015
    Virginia Beach, VA
    You want siri to remember how old your mother is. What, you think you are going to forget. You need to
    exercise your brain and remember on your own.
  23. eoblaed macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
    Everything I use it for allows me to do those things significantly faster, and more accurately than if I do it on my own. Absolutely an assist.
  24. Rusty33 macrumors 6502


    Jul 8, 2011
    How pedestrian...;)
  25. throAU macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2012
    Perth, Western Australia
    never mind

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