Ex-Apple employees dish out dirt on Siri; vision for the virtual assistant lost with the death of Steve Jobs
by Alan Friedman / Mar 14, 2018, 12:19 PM
The report gives the late Steve Jobs credit for having the vision to put Siri on the iPhone. Apple purchased Siri on April 8th, 2010 for $200 million, and inside Apple a debate started brewing about what would be the best way to employ the virtual assistant. One group felt that Siri should quickly and accurately give responses to information requests, while the other group wanted Siri to perform complex tasks. The virtual assistant debuted on October 4th, 2011 when the Apple iPhone 4s was introduced. However, Jobs died the very next day leading one former employee to say that with the death of the one man who had a vision for Siri, Apple had to fly by the seat of its pants. "They didn't have a big picture," said the ex-Apple employee.
A recent survey found that Siri trailed Google Assistant when it came to accurately answering questions in five different categories (Local, Commerce, Navigation, Information and Command). Siri trailed Alexa and Cortana in three of the categories (Navigation, Information and Command).
Part of the reason that Siri is struggling might have to do with a surprising lack of developer interest, even though Apple opened up its virtual assistant to third party developers with iOS 10 in 2016.
source: TheInformation (paywall) via SeekingAlpha
Bixby is controversial for no reason, it's the best in very complex commands and the most integrated of them all. It's also the only one with a physical press and hold button to accurately specify the start and end of listening command. Apart from these things Google assistant is the best and it's great to use all 4 of them (including cortana and Alexa) in one device with Samsung phones. Tho my primary ones are bixby and Google assistant
posted on Mar 14, 2018, 12:47 PM 3
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"...lost with the death of Steve Jobs" Same can be said for a few of the iPhone models. If Jobs was still here I'm not sure if certain aspects of Android would've caught up & surpassed iOS the way it has. On the flip side, it also would have forced certain developers and manufacturers to hurry up and play catch-up to Jobs because of the way he thought. - Typed on my Galaxy Note 8.
posted on Mar 14, 2018, 1:01 PM 9
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I gave up on using Siri long time ago. It's plain stupid, it can't even add a song to queue, can't switch Wifi or connect to different network (but it sure can enable airplane mode so anyone can steal your phone and put it off the map for some time) and it's word recognizing is beyond pathetic, I really wish I had screenshooted every time she heard something completely different. It hasn't improved since launch at all
posted on Mar 14, 2018, 1:18 PM 8
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There’s no need to give up on Siri. I use it for playing music through Apple Music, set alarms and timers, turn on or off Bluetooth/WiFi/do not disturb mode, however it fails to call someone with error which says “sorry, I cannot call using that number” and could never solve this problem.
posted on Mar 14, 2018, 9:27 PM 1
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Siri just isn't anywhere as good as Google Assistant. Even Voice Assistants such as Alexa and Bixby are simply superior. You can make up all kinds of reasons as to why Siri is so much worse, but that is irrelevant, as i doesn't change the user experience in the end. It seems like Siri had a good start compared to other voice assistants, but then it just stagnated completely, while the others improved quite dramatically. It definitely seems like their loss of vision completely stagnated improvements for Siri. It's going to take quite some time for them to catch up, even if they start picking up speed.
posted on Mar 14, 2018, 1:59 PM 2
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It is not just Siri alone Apple also lost vision with iPhone and iOS since Job's death. Job already planned ahead with iPhone 5s, 6, 6s, and 7. After that Cook is credited for destructive ios12, ugly notched iPhone X and no-vision-recycling iPhone 8.
posted on Mar 14, 2018, 2:00 PM 6
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For me, Apple died with Steve Jobs. I remember how simple, clean and absolutely minimalistic iPhones used to be before iOS6. I remember picking up a 3GS at a demo shop ages ago. The UI had no learning curve and I mastered it im just a few moments. Can't forget how complex my Blackberry felt afterwards! And that exactly was Jobs' vision. Deplorable Siri. Buggy and ugly iOS11 and an eye sore of a flagship device are pretty telling about the direction Cook is leading Apple. And then there are iPads, iPods and Macs which are in steep decline for multiple years now. Oh well, G'Day!
posted on Mar 14, 2018, 4:26 PM 6
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