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Research from an unreleased study found that some 87 percent of iPhone 4S owners use at least one of the features offered by Apple's Siri each month, lending evidence that the virtual assistant is a notable differentiator from competing devices.

Consulting firm Parks Associates surveyed 482 owners of Apple's iPhone 4S, the only device to support Siri functionality, and plans to release the full study later this week, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Despite the relatively high number of active users, the survey found that most users don't leverage Siri's full set of features and only ask the voice-recognizing service to complete routine phone tasks. Some of these functions, like placing phone calls and listening to music, were available in previous non-Siri iterations of the iPhone.

According to the study, about one third of users place phone calls, send texts or look up information daily with Siri while other services like playing music and scheduling meetings saw minimal adoption numbers with 32 percent and 35 percent, respectively.

Users were split on Siri's email creation feature, as 30 percent of owners said they never used the service while 26 percent claimed to dictate mail almost daily.

The divide in usage is indicative of the study's finding that Siri is a polarizer, with some users saying it is “best thing since the invention of toast” and others seeing it as "very disappointing.” Overall, around 55 percent of users were satisfied with Siri, 9 percent were unsatisfied and the remaining respondents were in the middle.

Introduced alongside the iPhone 4S in October 2011, Siri set itself apart from competing voice-recognition services with its ability to understand normal speech patterns. Still technically a beta product, Siri allows somewhat natural interaction without requiring users to memorize a list of commands.


Apple's newest iPhone 4S ad featuring Siri.


Siri is not without its faults, however, and some users complain that background noise and accents sometimes flummox the service. For example, when it was first launched, Siri had three versions of English available: American, British and Australian. Apple recently rolled out support for Japanese, though performance was hit-and-miss.

Though many regions don't yet offer the full functionality enjoyed by U.S. users, Apple is constantly updating Siri to include a wider swath of its user base. A report on Monday noted that Apple's Siri development team may be working with ESPN to add sports scores to the service.

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My dad absolutly loves it and couldn't live with out it plus it's just going to get better. I would really like to see this technology on my Macbook though as I no longer have a iPhone. Kind of like an updated clippy if you will. While programming to meet a dead line Siri good read me my emails and messages and I can also respond all while Netbeans is in the foreground. Start programs more naturely, set crontabs for programs to go off at a certain time, open websites. I know you can do a lot of tbat now but no where near as well as Siri could. A virtual assistant would be invaluable.

I was really upset to find out that the my new iPad didn't have Siri. Well thank goodness for Jail Break right guys.
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And we heard so much bullshit (most of it anecdotal, mind you) about how barely anyone used Siri.

lending evidence that the virtual assistant is a notable differentiator from competing devices.

No kidding. Who in their right mind didn't think it was?
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I was really upset to find out that the my new iPad didn't have Siri. Well thank goodness for Jail Break right guys.

While jailbreaking is decidedly legal, your theft of server uptime falls into a much greyer area.

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post #5 of 27
My favourite is "siri, what is £100 with compounded interest of 17% over 5 years" to which an extensive answer is given.
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I d like to read a study estimating the amount of time Siri is being told to eff herself, since in my circle of friends what with siri's current state of development it's very frequent.
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And we heard so much bullshit (most of it anecdotal, mind you) about how barely anyone used Siri.

lending evidence that the virtual assistant is a notable differentiator from competing devices.

No kidding. Who in their right mind didn't think it was?

Ever talk to a Android proponent? I have been informed dozens if not hundreds of times that "Android can do that too!"
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Count me as one who turns it off. Let me know when it has better dependability than me opening up safari and clicking the "google" box.

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post #9 of 27
I wonder if Apple keeps tabs on certain key words that are used in SIRI? Such as Bomb. Or maybe a phrase like how do I build a nuclear bomb? And if so does it fall under the homeland security's right to sensor such things and then track you down?
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When will SIRI not be a beta.. Has any one said? When it is not a beta then will it be available on iPad Via app store update or IOS update?
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When will SIRI not be a beta.. Has any one said? When it is not a beta then will it be available on iPad Via app store update or IOS update?

I think it's safe to say that no past iPad will ever be getting Siri officially.

And the iPhone 4 likely won't, either.

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I think it's safe to say that no past iPad will ever be getting Siri officially.

And the iPhone 4 likely won't, either.

There goes my theory about Siri needing retina-display to run, then...
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While jailbreaking is decidedly legal, your theft of server uptime falls into a much greyer area.

Um I think you just unwillingly told me that Apple has an investment on this site and that your bound by contract to scold me. So is that why Siri wasn't introduced with the new iPad, their servers weren't ready for the massive amount of traffic the new iPad would have brought. Makes sense but then again I don't care, they are a multi billion dollar company that over charges for their products especially in Europe. Did you know that even though the Swiss Franc is higher then the US dollar we still have to pay more. We have to tack on like 150 bucks on top of every Apple product bought here, so server theft be damned, they can afford it.

I figure I earned the right to steal Siri then, the right to read and write to a SD card as I choose fit, the right to do what I want with my files via the terminal, customize my desktop and icons as I feel fit, install a AMP server for custom HTML5 apps, add save to PSD in safari and iWork apps, install a Java 7.0 SDK, FTP server, the right to finally mount my iPad as a normal drive when plugged into any computer. The benefits of Jail Break, thank you hacker community for righting the wrongs making my iPad a true computer replacement.
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Count me as one who turns it off. Let me know when it has better dependability than me opening up safari and clicking the "google" box.

Hopefully Apple is working on a version of Siri that understands Texan.
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Hopefully Apple is working on a version of Siri that understands Texan.

If it can understand my horrible accent when speaking english then I'm sure Texan is a breeze.
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So is that why Siri wasn't introduced with the new iPad, their servers weren't ready for the massive amount of traffic the new iPad would have brought.

No, it's because half the models wouldn't be guaranteed its use at all, and the other half wouldn't be guaranteed its use at all times.

The iPhone, with its forced data plan, is a known known when it comes to network connections.

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Did you know that even though the Swiss Franc is higher then the US dollar we still have to pay more.

That's VAT and international infrastructure.

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We have to tack on like 150 bucks on top of every Apple product bought here, so server theft be damned, they can afford it.

That's not a justification.

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I figure I earned the right to steal…

It can't be justified, regardless of how you look at it. But again, the entire idea is a little nebulous.

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... they are a multi billion dollar company that over charges for their products especially in Europe.

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... they can afford it.

Like a modern day Robin Hood...
You can't justify theft (except perhaps with yourself) with as weak a justification as above.
You realise there is a higher cost of doing business in Europe right? You realise there are higher taxes?
Perhaps you should blame your government for bureaucracy and red tape, and for carving your socialist mindset which has lead you to steal.
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I find that SIRI is absolutely rubbish. It doesn't understand what is said and most of the functionality is US only.

I have switched it off as have most people I know who have the 4s.

I don't believe that 80%+ of users actually have this rubbish switched on!
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post #19 of 27
...primarily for quick access to timers, alarms, and for adding items to my shopping list while rooting around in my pantry.

My secondary usage is as a front end to Yelp and Wolfram Alpha.

It works fine for me except when I speak in long sentences or if I pause to think.

At other times I do not wish to speak aloud or can use two hands more quickly to get at the answer.
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Lots of those who use Siri simply use her for amusement, especially as an amusing demo for non-iPhone4s-having friends/family. I bet "where can I hide a dead body" and "open the pod bay doors" are the two most used queries.
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Like a modern day Robin Hood...
You can't justify theft (except perhaps with yourself) with as weak a justification as above.
You realise there is a higher cost of doing business in Europe right? You realise there are higher taxes?
Perhaps you should blame your government for bureaucracy and red tape, and for carving your socialist mindset which has lead you to steal.


Uum, I installed Siri onto my iPad not taking money from a Homeless Childrens Fund. Calm down, did all that make you feel better reverend.

The main reason for the higher costs is to protect Apple against currency fluctuations, which could expose the company to reduced (or even potentially eliminated) margins. However since the US Dollar is so low, Apple is making a further killing off of us. The price needs to be adjusted.
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post #22 of 27
Siri is still a beta product, nifty for the easy stuff like setting your calendar, alarms, send sms, ... for the more complicated stuff like understanding different accents, understanding general questions,... give them (her) some time to get it out of the Beta stage...

It's not like they don't print it everywhere they possibly can that this is just a beta product, that's now rolled out to the biggest test public they ever used. But how otherwise they will learn from all different accents and questions people come up with.

I think the way Apple has chosen is the best way to get Siri out to a full product in reasonable time frame, just use all iPhone 4S users as their beta testing grounds. Don't forget that this is still a computer trying to understand human speech, faults will happen, certainly as you have to think that this is the first babystep for Siri, I think some people forget that our brain is way more complicated on the communication front then any computer/sfotware can mimic today.
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Siri sucks in noisy environments. I stopped using it after about a month.
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Siri sucks in noisy environments. I stopped using it after about a month.

That's the result of very poor microphone technology. This is one thing that we've not come close to perfecting. Perhaps the solution lies with getting the system to recognize our voice patterns through a learned system so that is can more intelligently learn which sound waves it need to focus.

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I find that SIRI is absolutely rubbish. It doesn't understand what is said and most of the functionality is US only.

I have switched it off as have most people I know who have the 4s.

I don't believe that 80%+ of users actually have this rubbish switched on!

It amazes me that people on an IT site, who should know better, pass judgement on a feature that is in beta.

I use Siri often, mainly for writing texts and emails, which have became longer as a result, because I am more comfortable using Siri than the iPhone keyboard. I also have the Air Dictate app and dictate emails to my Macbook Pro using my iPhone as a sort of microphone. I think Siri is already amazing and I enjoy using it. Well done Apple. Using Siri is a new skill because it helps to plan what one is going to say and before speaking, and to say it clearly without hesitation and including the punctuation.

I'm hoping Apple will soon increase the capacity of its servers because there are times when Siri is slow to respond, or doesn't respond at all. Also, I'm in the UK, and Siri can't yet search for businesses outside of the US.

Siri will get better and I'm looking forward to how it will be in the future.
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That's the result of very poor microphone technology. This is one thing that we've not come close to perfecting. Perhaps the solution lies with getting the system to recognize our voice patterns through a learned system so that is can more intelligently learn which sound waves it need to focus.

Perhaps then it should never have been released if you can't use it in the real world out on the street.
The original advertisement had people in cars and one guy joggin by himself near a serene lake- very misleading. I thought this would work or fail based upon its success outdoors in an urban environment and in my use it is very much an epic FAil.
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Perhaps then it should never have been released if you can't use it in the real world out on the street.
The original advertisement had people in cars and one guy joggin by himself near a serene lake- very misleading. I thought this would work or fail based upon its success outdoors in an urban environment and in my use it is very much an epic FAil.

That's like saying "maybe the iPad shouldn't have come with Wi-Fi since you can't use Wi-Fi out on the street".

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