Steve Wozniak Has Been “Disappointed” By Siri Since Apple Bought It

Steve Wozniak Has Been “Disappointed” By Siri Since Apple Bought It

Woz believes Siri went downhill the day Apple bought it.

If you’ve been an iPhone user for a number of years, you may remember that Siri was a third-party app long before it was purchased by Apple and integrated into the iOS operating system. Back then, although it couldn’t remind you to take out the trash or compose text messages, it offered a lot of the same search functionality it does today.

In fact, according to Steve Wozniak, Siri was actually better back then.

During a recent interview with The Times Union, Wozniak, who co-founded Apple with Steve Jobs, said that he has been “disappointed” by Siri since Apple’s acquisition. He knew Siri would be “the future,” but he says the service broke the day Apple took over.

He does admit, however, that Siri has improved since it was integrated into iOS:

Then when Apple finally released it, it still had a lot of those problems, but you know… it should be smart enough to look at the words you say and know what you’re asking.

You can watch the interview below, just excuse the wind.

This isn’t the first time Woz has revealed his frustrations with Siri since it became an Apple product. In fact, back in January, he said his Android device handles voice commands better than his iPhone does:

I’ll be saying, over and over again in my car, “Call the Lark Creek Steak House,” and I can’t get it done. Then I pick up my Android, say the same thing, and it’s done.

Of course, Siri is still in beta, and Apple continues to improve it. It has already announced new features for iOS 6, so you can be sure that the feature will get better over time. But right now, it seems it’s not for everyone.

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  • joewaylo

    I’m disappointed it can’t understand rapid talking people.

    when I’m outside of any building, “Take me out to the ballgame” doesn’t come up at all on Bluetooth or winds up gibberish. “Take..me..out..to..the..ballgame” comes up if you give it a slow talk.

  • rustybusket
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  • Flyphoenix

    No wonder why Siri isn’t working your iPhone is flipped over. You talking to be back instead of the front.

  • markbyrn

    Positive or negative, I’m getting really tired of hearing what Woz thinks about everything; I don’t care if he likes Siri, has an Android device, etc.  Please, stop already.

  • Matthew Gonzales Landry

    Why does Wozniak continue to buy Apple stuff? He seems to be quite displeased with the direction they’re going. I think Wozniak is cool as hell, but if he’s just buying Apple gear to say Android is better, that’s a waste of money in my eyes. I’m perfectly happy with all my Apple devices. I’m even impressed with Siri. It’s not perfected yet, but it’s really, really, really good. I can’t do much on my Androids voice functionality. Then again, I didn’t buy my GalNex for that feature.

  • Jeffrey Flack

    woz the attention whore strikes again 

  • Eric Moore

    Woz is annoying. Seriously, what has he done other than crashed his plane and make a guest appearance on Dancing with the Stars? Jobs on the other hand went on to found Pixar (of which Lasseter did the real work) and NEXT (which is how he got back into Apple). Woz? Not so much.

  • James Jenkins

    Why does Wozniak continue to buy Apple stuff? He seems to be quite displeased with the direction they’re going. I think Wozniak is cool as hell, but if he’s just buying Apple gear to say Android is better, that’s a waste of money in my eyes. I’m perfectly happy with all my Apple devices. I’m even impressed with Siri. It’s not perfected yet, but it’s really, really, really good. I can’t do much on my Androids voice functionality. Then again, I didn’t buy my GalNex for that feature.

     

     

    If you bought a 4S for siri I  offer friendship if that is the only thing you have to talk to. Hit me up

     

  • drblank

    Fishing for attention. This article is downright not worth reading.  Shame on whomever wrote it.

    When are you guys going to remember that Sirit is STILL IN BETA. That means that it isn’t finished yet and OBVIOUSLY they want to find out what they need to fix/change before the new version (NOT BETA) is released.  JEEZ.
  • thegraphicmac

    He’s just pissed because Siri is the only ‘person’ that cares what he has to say anymore.

  • Hasbullah Mappelawa

    In the article said “In fact, according to Steve Wozniak, Siri was actually better back then”


    But the funny part then it said “He does admit, however, that Siri has improved since it was integrated into iOS”

    The stupid article of the day….
  • Freducken

    Whoa! So much hate for Woz in the comments. People need to re-evaluate their trolling behavior and look at things more positively.

    I for one had no idea about the Wolfram Alpha bit. I did exactly what he said in the video: asked Siri “what are the 5 largest lakes in California”, and Siri just offered to do a search; asked Siri “Wolfram Alpha what are the 5 largest lakes in California” and it gave me a chart with the 5 largest lakes in CA along with facts about them.

    I agree with Woz that Siri can be much improved to what it was before. I had no idea that saying “Wolfram Alpha” before stating your query would get you better results.

  • Macnetar

    Woz is just giving his opinion, no need to hate. Hate on the media for hyping it up and turning it into something.

  • Tony Jago Million

    I’ll be saying, over and over again in my car, “Call the Lark Creek Steak House,”


    - Yep exact same thing, if I didn’t know better I’d think Siri knew when you were in the car and did it just to mess with you :(
  • WSSNW

    Ok, here we go. I too used Siri long before Apple purchased it too. One of the app review shows did a feature on it about a year before Apple bought it. It would recognize my natural voice about 20% of the time. It now does so, about 90% of the time. Prime numbers? This guy acts like he’s talking to the computer on the starship enterprise. The main purpose of Siri is to find prime rib as opposed to prime numbers. Restaurants, directions, sports scores, recipes, appointments. This is what Apple is advertising. These are the things it needs to do well. Stop with the prime numbers nonsense. Yes, the old Siri was really good at finding esoteric information without additional prompting. So other that using it for show-and tell, is was useless in every day life. Apple is business. They saw the…let’s call it “prime rib potential” in Siri. Yes, it’s been reprogramed to gear responses to more likely every day scenarios. Why? Because that’s what real people with real lives use it for. I hate to take a shot at this guy but he lives in a fantasy realm. He gets paid for literally, literally, doing nothing. The rest of the world finds a digital assistant very useful. We don’t spend our days looking up prime numbers.

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Killian BellKillian Bell is a staff writer based in the U.K. He has an interest in all things tech and also covers Android over at CultofAndroid.com. You can follow him on Twitter via @killianbell.

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