Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, who had last year assessed the accuracy of Siri, has today followed up with another round of his Siri “report card”, noting that with iOS 7, the virtual assistant has become a lot more reliable.
From Munster’s note:
The primary improvement between Siri in iOS 6 and iOS 7 came from its performance in noisier areas, where Siri was able to translate better through a noisy environment (94% vs. 83% correct in Aug iOS 6). Based on our testing, iOS 7 Siri’s net ability to answer questions (factors in questions not correctly understood) improved to 79% from 77% in August with iOS 6.
Along with accuracy, a number of users have also reported performance improvements in Siri after updating to iOS 7.
Munster notes that Siri directs its queries to Google a lot less than it did on iOS 6, with Apple using Bing instead for queries which don’t have a direct response. Totally, just 4 percent of Siri queries relied on Google as compared to 17 percent in August this year, and 27 percent in December last year.
In his tests, Munster also observed that Google Now and Siri are tied in effectiveness, scoring a “C+”. Google Now was better than Siri in commerce, local and information, while Siri was better at controlling the OS.
Apple hasn’t just worked on improving Siri’s accuracy and performance in iOS 7, but has added a number of new features. Here’s a post listing out all the new things Siri has learnt in iOS 7.
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