Big Apple resident sues Apple for misleading Siri ads

Big Apple resident sues Apple for misleading Siri ads
Now that Apple is one of the richest companies in the world, frivolous lawsuits are more than guaranteed on both sides, and the latest is aimed squarely at Siri.

A New York man is suing the Cupertino gang, claiming that the Siri ads are misleading, and Apple's venerable voice-controlled assistant is not at all what it's cracked up to be in there.

Frank M. Lazio got his iPhone 4S in November, and immediately started realizing that those happy people finding restaurants and learning to play the guitar from the Siri commercials might have been actors and, oh the horror, the whole thing might have been scripted:

The plaintiff filed his class lawsuit against Apple yesterday in Californian court, and now we have the feeling that the "beta" label Cupertino slapped on Siri was a pretty smart thing to do, after all. Read the whole filing embedded below.

source: WSJ

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16 Comments

1. ilia1986 unregistered

I hope he wins.

13. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

as much as I am for seeing Apple failing, I don't think he has a solid case. The ads do have the fine print saying it is simulated.

2. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

This is actually pretty damn funny. Apple's ads are actually pretty misleading. But then again, that's never news.

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

what? apple overhyping its products to a magical level isnt new?!? the blasphemy!! lol this is about as frivolous as it gets, though.. and needs to be thrown out.

8. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

What are you guys talking about? I asked Siri to find me the nearest flying carpet & a talking unicorn zebra & it didn't fail me. Last night me & my unicorn zebra were flying over the NYC skyline! This lawsuit is COMPLEATLY uncalled for! Apple indeed is magical! lol Siri can do anything. How is that misleading? I am like all the mindless i$heep who really & truly believe everything that Apple spews!

3. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

What I got from this was "Apple's venerable voice-controlled assistant [Siri] is not at all what it's cracked up to be"...WOW, that sounds really familiar to me for some reason! But anyway in Apple's defense, nothing every is all it's cracked up to be. Apple said its a beta product (even though the average user wouldn't understand what that means) and the guy should have tried it out in the store first, or at least returned it before his trial period was up. But this is REALLY pety to sue over a commercial! This is one lawsuit where I find myself rooting for Apple.

11. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Apple shouldn't be advertising it if it can't work as ADVERTISED. False and misleading advertising isn't legal. On most of their device commercials they have the tiny disclaimer on the bottom "Screen images simulated. Sequences shortened" yet most customers expect the devices to work exactly as ADVERTISED.

14. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

IDK, maybe I'm the only one in the world left who doesn't believe everything he sees on tv. I hear claims of 10 hour talk time from every OEM on about every phone, but I don't sue them because I can only talk for 6hrs. Kraft says their Mac and cheese is "the cheesiest" but I didn't sue decades I thought Velveta's was cheesier. So to sue Apple because you can't learn to play guitar like the kid in the video seems a bit juvenile to me, and the guy and his lawyer should be laughed out of the courtroom.

4. fervid

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I agree with it. The only thing that even works 100% is the "Call me Rock God" type stuff. And, they really need to advertise that this stuff uses data. Android is the same way. Put your phone in airplane mode and no voice processing works. They should do like was brought up some time back with ads paying for your data. If a main selling point/feature of a phone is going to use your data to function then they should pay for it, or at least say "Use of this feature will likely use 2GB of your data a month"...then we'll see how much of their stuff sells.

12. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Google Voice searches for onboard/local info works without internet, I believe. I never use them myself, preferring to use the keyboard and Swype for fast and accurate searches

5. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Ive no sympathy for this guy as firstly hes an ifan who bought an iphone thinking itll change the world for him then complains when it doesnt and secondly he plain and stupidly fell for apples pr rubbish in their advertising campaigns which anyone with any awareness knows apple products are always the subject of intense selling techniques. One point though,i not sure if apple has used the word 'beta' in their adverts,they pretty much hark on exaggerating siri and using it like a complete product.

7. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

That's why I tell people you get what you paid for. Stop trying to follow the crowd and start leading with a different phone other then a over hyped status symbol.

9. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Yes!!prove to us that evi is king!

10. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1770; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Lol they sure are quick to slap the word BETA on that lawsuit but totally fail to mention that in their ads

15. webOSlove unregistered

I can't wait to see Apple fall & lose this case :} I'm obviously a webOS lover (:

16. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Apple can claim it's beta, but their advertising as to how Siri works is still really misleading. My question is this: how much of a beta product can it be when it was already before in the App Store?

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