Why is Siri so much less reliable on Watch versus iPhone?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by WilliamG, Mar 21, 2018.

  1. WilliamG macrumors G3

    Mar 29, 2008
    This has driven me nuts since Series 0. On Series 3 it’s better but so far from perfect.

    Siri commands to my iPhone X process so much faster it’s not even funny. If I give the same command to my Watch Series 3 it can take many, many seconds - and sometimes gets hung up processing the command.

    Why, Apple? Why?
  2. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Siri is served based. Perhaps its How the Apple Watch communicates with the iPhone causing a delay in that sense.
  3. Avasmith240 macrumors newbie


    Mar 22, 2018
    San jose
    Siri is mainly built for the iPhone, not for the watch, Think That apple have to launch a new OS for it's watch
  4. yass31 macrumors member

    Dec 18, 2017
    On the watch Siri has to get the info to the iPhone over Bluetooth and then get back the answer.
    On the iPhone every thing goes on 4G or WiFi
    I’d do it if I could but maybe someone can disable Bluetooth on their phone and test Siri on the watch over WiFi or 4G to see if it’s faster
  5. ftaok macrumors 603


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast
    I've noticed that Siri works so much better on my AW S2 than on my iPhone6. They're both dog slow, but the voice recognition on the AW is so so so so much better.

    Incidentally, Siri works exponentially better for me on my AppleTV. It's so much faster and it understands just about every word I say.

    I'm guessing that the hardware is the determining factor for Siri accuracy. And then, obviously, network speed is the big factor for Siri speed.
  6. Endorphine88 macrumors 6502


    Feb 12, 2018
    Philadelphia, PA
    S3/W2 chip versus A11 Bionic. Your phone has a lot more firepower so it's normal.
    I've been pretty happy with how responsive Siri is on my watch when my phone is not around. Thankfully I haven't had any issues yet.
  7. jbizzybeetle macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2015
    Siri does well on watch s3 LTE for what I ask: timers, texts for example. easier just to search myself if have iPX open.

    Wish Siri still just sent the text after I dictate on AW. now Siri asks to send and I have to say “send”.
  8. WilliamG thread starter macrumors G3

    Mar 29, 2008
    I think maybe there’s some confusion about my original question. When I say AW3 is slower, I mean - while connected to my iPhone X, in my house, with blazing-fast WiFi everywhere.

    Given the Watch is connected to my iPhone X via Bluetooth at all times, that the Watch is so slow makes little sense to me.
  9. rdy0329 macrumors 6502

    Mar 20, 2012
    I turned off BT on my iPhone and Siri is waaay faster on the watch when just connected to wifi (this will drain your battery faster) but it seems the bottleneck is really BT technology since requests are handled by the phone when it’s near.

    Tested on S0 to boot.
  10. jjk454ss macrumors 601


    Jul 10, 2008
    I find it so unreliable lately and both the watch and the phone, seems like it’s possibly slightly better on the iPad though it’s probably not really. Apple really needs to spend some of their billions of dollars to improve Siri. Or use it for dictation a lot, often times I spend more going back and fixing errors than the time it would’ve taken to just type out the message.

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