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  • With iOS 7, Siri Doesn't Appear to be in Beta Anymore

    Apple originally introduced Siri with the launch of the iPhone 4S and iOS 5 in November of 2011. Siri has been in beta since that launch, but as 9to5Mac notes, that appears to have officially changed with iOS 7, as Apple appears to have edited their Web site to remove the "beta" indicator from Siri.

    iOS 7 doesnít only give Siri a sleek new interface with crisp new sounds and better features, but Siriís voice is so much more fluent. Getting voice-based software to not only comprehend you very accurately, but also to speak like just like you do, is a very difficult and impressive task to achieve.

    Siri has gained some really useful new features, like the ability to search the Web for you automatically with picture results and Web results. In addition, iOS in the car is expected to be very popular, as more car manufacturers are expected to add support in coming years.

    Siri is available on the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPod touch 5G, iPad with retina display, and iPad Mini. While Apple doesn't seem to have an interest in adding the feature to older iOS devices, it does look like every future iOS device will support the feature.

    For those interested in grabbing iOS 7, it will be available to download on September 18th (this coming Wednesday).

    Sources: 9to5Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: With iOS 7, Siri Doesn't Appear to be in Beta Anymore started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 26 Comments
    1. Donnutt's Avatar
      Donnutt -
      Quote Originally Posted by buggsy2 View Post
      Well ok I hope I am surprised. It will be a while though as I won't try iOS 7 until there's a jailbreak.
      You're right though, Google voice is still ahead of Siri in many things. If I ask Google now what time Home Depot opens tomorrow, it will tell me. Siri will do a web search. One problem with Google voice is, there doesn't seem to be a universal way to activate it across all versions of android, it's really buried on some phones.
      I use Siri most when I'm driving in a new place, or in a city. For directions to a Starbucks or restaurant, or to people's houses, or to play music, or call and text. It works very well for that, and it is very easy for anyone to use.
      At the hospital where I work there were two elderly ladies. One had a fairly new Android, one had an iPhone 4S. They were wondering how to set reminders... I had the lady with the iPhone push the button (the only one) and talk. When we finally found google voice on the droid, it asked us which app we were trying to reference. So I still recommend iPhone to most people.
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      Siri has always understood me absolutely perfectly. I just dictated this entire message here into Siri and didn't even have to change a single word. I even spoke all the punctuation and THIS CAPITALIZATION. She understands every single word I say.

      In terms of productivity I run a very small business and, sadly for the person I had to let go, Siri actually replaced a part-time worker I had for admin details. She's simply that powerful and has been for me ever since early iOS 5.

      I simply could not run my business without her. She's way way way more than a novelty.
    1. Scheuerle's Avatar
      Scheuerle -
      I'm Australian and Siri here is fairly unsupported (most questions are responded to with "shall is use Google to search for that" Thanks Siri, very intuitive), so I turned off Siri and noticed I now have more processing power (a lot) and a better battery life.
      Good voice recognition if you speak with an accent it understands but a hilarious 'lost in translation' joke when my Filipino flatmate tries to use it. Good for party tricks, useful tool...naahh.
    1. James Inderson's Avatar
      James Inderson -
      Interesting. Thanks for info.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Now Apple can work on getting iOS Maps out of beta.
    1. unixman84's Avatar
      unixman84 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Feanor64 View Post
      If a person needs to talk to a cellphone to carry out daily tasks something is wrong. It's just a sign of laziness. Shortcuts. Especially with kids. Taught to rely on a machine. It's sad. My grandpa would have throwed it outta the dam window.
      I'm a bussy person, I'll take all the help I can get. The thing that lets this feature shine and pushes it out of the lazy factor is it's accessibility to people who have hand tremors or who have little to no function with hands or even no hands. Then comes the people who have little to no vision. It's easy to take it for granted but this feature is life changing for some folks. In my line of work I see this often, I can assure you these people are not being lazy, they just want the product to work for them the way it does for you. I can see and use my hands and I use the feature, If you knew me then you would know that I am anything but lazy.