Siri, the personal assistant included in every iOS device, has received quite a lot of criticism for being unreliable, inaccurate and functionally limited. And although the service has improved quite a lot with iOS 7, the latest episode of The Simpsons aired this Sunday mocks Siri’s voice recognition and reliability.
Siri, that personal assistant in each and every iPhone (4S and above), is actually a real person, not some computer generated piece of code. The team at CNN did some digging out, and they discovered that the real Siri isn’t Allison Dufty, as The Verge reported last month, it’s actually a woman from the Atlanta area known as Susan Bennett. She did some voice work in 2005 for a company called GM Voices. GM Voices then worked with ScanSoft, who added Susan’s voice in their database, a database that Apple then used to generate Siri.
One of the coolest Siri features in iOS 7 is the ability to turn on or turn off settings and features using voice commands.
Apple launched¬†Siri, the virtual assistant feature in 2011 with the launch of iPhone 4S. Since then it has been constantly tweaking the virtual assistant to make it smarter, and more reliable.
In iOS 6, Apple introduced a¬†number of improvements to Siri¬†such as the¬†ability to respond to your sports,¬†restaurants¬†and movie related queries, give you turn-by-turn directions, open apps and update your status on Facebook and Twitter.
Apple unveiled iOS 7 back in June at WWDC 2013, and the update is rolling out ¬†to the public on Wednesday, September 18th. You’ve heard about all the new features and even may have watched the keynote introduction and the overview videos. Some have called it the biggest change to the iPhone since the iPhone, but you still may not be sold on the update. If you are still on the fence about installing iOS 7, here are five reasons to install the update onto your device.
Apple launched Siri, its intelligent personal assistant feature in 2011. It was initially available only on iPhone 4s, but since then Apple has added available on iOS devices such as iPhone 5, iPod touch 5, iPad 4 and iPad mini that were launched last year and the new iPhones launched this week.
After the initial hype, Siri has been tagged as a gimmicky feature as it came with limited support for languages, was quite slow to respond, and did not work occasionally due to server issues.