Does Apple’s digital assistant Siri have mood swings?

Does Apple’s digital assistant Siri have mood swings?
When it comes to Siri, Apple loves to tout its digital assistant’s personality, recently enhanced with the update to iOS 8.

Apple likes happy. Apple users like happy too. All the major players are vying to add quirky personalities to their digital assistants. Microsoft’s Cortana probably still has some of the best responses we have seen in a while, but that is not to say Google Now or Siri are not without their nuances.

One guy in Southern California was asking Siri some questions on his iPhone 6 when it seemed to him that the digital assistant was not sounding so chipper anymore. Siri doesn’t have a mood ring, and the Apple Watch is not yet available for him to buy and make “her” happy.

That’s when he got an idea, a “mind blowing” idea. He grabbed his wife’s iPhone 6 and ran a side-by-side comparison of how Siri responds to inquiries from each device’s owner. Both devices are identical and running iOS 8.2. The settings for Siri are also identical, female voice and “American English.”

It is far from a scientific test, but we have to agree, Siri sounds far more upbeat talking to its female companion than when it responds to her spouse on his iPhone. Coincidence? Who knows. Do you have a family of iPhones in the house? How does Siri respond to your family members? Let us know in the comments below.

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18 Comments

1. ankitp

Posts: 138; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

i prefer cortana over siri

8. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Really? Siri is actually really great now.

9. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

To who else you're giving it Siri? (my personal questions and my unique voice signature, that you give to a third private company). You make me feel like stupid when I am with others and I am talking to you, you cheater. You are like your cousin Cortana. Are all those mood swings just from guilt?

2. MarquiX unregistered

Cortana > Google Now > Siri

3. joeboxer

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

Wows,Siri want u to cheat on ur partner with a smartphone, that's why it treats male and female differently. Apple's final plan? Get iOS users to divorce and but more of there products!

5. AlikMalix unregistered

wow, you got all that from this article? Apple is really up to no good..

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 30875; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That was stupid dude.

4. AlikMalix unregistered

I do enjoy the personal side of siri, especially when you try to irritate her for a while like "asking if it's ok that I call her Lisa, or George or something" Setting timers... But, you can turn OFF her vocal response, so that the only time she will respond if you are using hands free. Basically, if you're sending a text, or asking to give a location - siri will just execute the command without the "..got it, wanna send it?" after a text, or confirm with "there it goes" or "done" or "looking for mike" response... Anyway you cut it, siri got really good the last couple of years - everything from function to ability to understand not just what you said, but what you meant as well... Google now is good too, and was better at speech recognition for a while - now both on par. Cortana, I haven't tried yet - I haven't seen anyone with a windows phone once in last 12 months...

6. NopeNein

Posts: 147; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

Google Now = Cortana = Siri, Stop the fanboyism, they all great (although none are perfect), they all works, your brain doesn't.

7. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

The only useful feature of Siri that I find useful I to tell what song I'd like to hear. It sucks that Siri can't turn on location for example, as it drains battery if turned on and when I ask Siri where is the nearest shop she tells me to enable location. This is really frustrating, also it should lock up the phone but AFAIK none of assistants can do that. Also it sucks when I ask her to repeat what she just told me, she don't have a clue what I just said. But Siri made me laugh couple of times especially with her jokes and when I asked her why life can be so harsh she responded: "I'm not your designated driver, please find someone else" :D And: Me- Play Highway To Hell Siri- People have religion, I only have silicon. :)

10. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

If any Personal Assistant would get snooty and take an attitude it would be the Apple one.

12. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

I rarely use any of the personal assistants. It's usually much easier to just search on my own. Also I still enjoy thinking

14. AlikMalix unregistered

I use Siri to call, FaceTime, navigation, text, and bring up contact info the most often (I have not done it manually in a long long time) I also rarely change my settings manually - most of the toggles can be done with siri, but mostly once you set up ios to your liking - everything is done automatically. Use siri for reminders and location based reminders, finding people, sending very long texts, making notes, finding notes, open apps that I rarely use (put away - don't want to search for it), find apps in the App Store, find music in iTunes and tell me which songs are playin. I'm not a sports guy - so I don't check the scores or stats, but I ask her to make reservations - every restaurant supports it now. those are among the most frequent things including searching for certain things online. One of the things I liked over Google now is the ability to specify to navigate to nearest location or all show locations in the area for certain business. I also use it quite often to "call homedepot" for example - if I don't have the number on my list it will find it for you and call - I'm surprised how accurate it is as it calls numbers for the store instead of Google now calls the corporate headquarters sometimes. I like how Google tries to guess how long it will be to get me home - but it has trouble when it comes to work location (I'm a contractor and that changes weekly - ios does it where it recognizes what my current project location in two/three visits. Anyways - yes I use Siri a lot. And I could appreciate the intellectual variety in her replies - instead of "ok" "ok" "ok" it's "there it goes" "no problem" "ok it's done" "ok" "if u say so" "ok done, the suspense is killing me" and on and on and on. What does Google now do or cortana do that you like?

18. Exempt1 unregistered

Google beats Siri in all these fields sorry man. You even said, you use Siri more, but if you used an Android with Now, you'd be amazed. Google Now is extremely intuitive with your location and what you need next, what you want to read, what information is needed in your location and date/time etc. Google Now is a personal assistant, like how Cortana is also an amazing Personal Assistant. Siri has no idea what's going on most of the time. It needs your help to figure things out.

19. AlikMalix unregistered

Give me an example... (I'm not refuting your claim, but you left no examples) Siri is also location aware and does reminders that are location based, our Notification pane has predictable location ETA's and Siri can access that info as well. Siri can also track other people for you when they arrive or leave or inbound and add events and items to calendars of someone else (when given permission) not just tied to one device. Last time I asked google to search Bing, it didnt. When I asked google to purchase and send a Google Play gift card for someone, it didn't. Make a reservation, or buy a movie ticket, it didnt (these two probably require an app), that reminds me, adding certain apps adds more functions to Siri, like Open Table, Yelp, etc. I have trouble seeing Google Now at its full glory, because I have not met ANYONE who uses it like I use Siri around where I live. I understand it requires certain initial input (just like with Cortana where you input which stores you prefer to buy things and where your home is - same with Siri)... But I would love to know more about Google Now, you say Google beats Siri in all these fields -- How? (not a fanboy battle, but an exchange of experiences). I keep reading Google Now beats Siri, Cortana beats everyone - but absolutely NO EXAMPLES!!! (The sub-second lag between all three in execution or missed answers isn't the point - the functions, and the way it's executed, or how much input is necessary to have voice assistant as a useful features is what I would like to know)... Thanks..

15. Paximos

Posts: 282; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

Only when its that time of the month!!

16. AlikMalix unregistered

That would be funny.

17. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Artificial intelligence. *cue Ultron music

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