What’s in a name? For someone like the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, quite a lot. The notorious perfectionist didn’t particularly take to the name “Siri” when Apple acquired the company two years ago -- but accordingly to that company’s co-founder, Jobs never came up with a better one.
Siri was A Pretty Big Deal back in October when the iPhone 4S was announced, to a large degree because the update was otherwise cosmetically the same. But nearly six months later, a survey tries to determine if iPhone 4S owners are actually using the virtual assistant -- and the results are “sort of.”
Let’s say you got your hands on some clearly marked beta software, and once you started using it, you find it's a little buggy. Do you just stop using it until a new update comes out? Or do you try to get a refund?
If you are Frank M. Fazio of Brooklyn, you forego either of those choices and just sue instead. Sounds reasonable, right? No?
Cue the "dun dun" and let's get into the annoying details.
The new iPad preorders are shipping, while procrastinators are starting the week plotting how they can best get their hands on one come this Friday, March 16 now that Apple’s online store sold through their supply in record time. By all accounts it should be an interesting week, which is already kicking off with a minor Safari update, a Jony Ive interview and Siri facing her first lawsuit. Check out the rest of the day’s news for this manic Monday, March 12, 2012.
“The new iPad” has arrived, and thanks to months of mostly accurate rumors, the only real surprise wound up being the name (so much for iPad 3 or iPad HD!). But that doesn’t mean this year’s iPad is perfect -- we’re the sort of users who are always left wanting more.
Apple unleashed a blast of new product announcements at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco on Wednesday morning, with a new Retina Display iPad, updated apps and more. Best of all, current users won’t have to wait for these improvements -- some of them are arriving today.
Last Thursday, Apple acquired Chomp, an app search engine that helps you find an app for both the iPhone and an Android phone. But now that Chomp is in Apple’s hands, Cupertino could very well completely redesign its App Store search and discovery process, helping users find their desired apps quickly, rather than getting mired in a growing sea of 550,000+ irrelevant results--a growing problem for smartphone users everywhere.
Did you know that Siri doesn't always speak English, and sometimes "she" is actually a "he"? In America it's easy to forget that people abroad love their iPhones as much as we do. Currently, there are official versions of Siri for England, Australia, France, and Germany -- Japan is reportedly on the way.
Here's a little peek into how Apple has (and in some cases hasn't) tailored Siri for the international market.
Uh-oh! There’s another product leak out of Apple headquarters, only this time it may be hard to discipline the party who spilled the beans. If you don’t believe us, pull out your iPhone 4S and ask Siri what languages she speaks -- then try to figure out which one doesn’t exist yet.
There’s no denying that Siri is a great addition to the iPhone 4S, but now that Apple removed the free Siri Virtual Assistant app from the App Store, what’s an owner of older hardware to do? Enter Speaktoit, which promises to bring Siri-style technology to iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 users.