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.