Originally Posted by jlandd
Sure, because I personally don't have a problem with such an iffy technology as VR being iffy. Previous OSX and Windows VRs were released not as beta over the decades and didn't work perfectly by a long shot.
VR? VR?! Siri's VR is a mere single aspect of the entire services suite. This is why Siri is in beta and why it's so difficult to scale across all languages, dialects, and cultures. It's not simply about the Dragon Dictation back-end that can parse your spoken words into text, it's about understanding every part of the process that leads to a contextual understanding of your implied meaning.
That's some next level shit! It will take a long time to get right but it can't be done in a lab. It has to have a continuously large foundation to build off of. But that's not it, it has to keep learning because language evolves... and quicker than many think. I don't just mean the spelling or pronunciation/inflection of words, I mean the meaning of words themselves.
The manner in which Apple's referring to it as beta in their material as something that will "improve" implies to many that it works fine as it is, beta just means that it will "improve". (Duh. what doesn't?) No one who doesn't understand that beta means incomplete and not final release is going to Google the term because they think they've been given the full explanation. Same as when the Verizon store sells it to you and doesn't say anything.
That's my point. You took Apple's inclusion of beta to mean "it will improve" so that its inclusion is moot because all such services and software are likely to improve. Did you consider that Apple's inclusion of beta is an acknowledgment that it's simply not up to their standards for a non-beta product? By your definition Mountain Lion shouldn't be referred to a beta because it will improve after it's on the market. Bottom line: Siri isn't as complete as they'd like it to be but they had no choice but to release it to the public if they ever want it to be complete.
But none of that is what bothers me. Here's the issue: Releasing functions and features as "beta" in such a mainstream, saturated product is a very new thing. Of the top of my head I can only think of iWork to have had it, and it seemed nervy then, and it never even made it out of beta before it was killed off. It's a bad tag to have on a function. It implies "don't blame us for anything, it's beta", even three years later. Just don't release something and call it beta. It's released. You put it in my phone and in the OS. If it doesn't work don't put it in either. Not that I'm saying Siri doesn't work, but having an Apple beta program running on a device is very un-Apple like. That's my main gripe. I don't like it.
Messasges was just released as a beta for Lion. Apple has had plenty of beta software. Some things need volunteers, the least of which is Messages, the most of which is Siri.
I don't like anything on any of my Apple devices that doesn't work REALLY well. I'm not into gimmicky amusement. It's just a preference.
If you have an iPhone 4S it's easy not to use... and thank god they label it as beta so you aren't tricked into expecting it to work really well all the time.