Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Looks Like I'm Not Alone

I've now written two (2!!!!) posts making fun of Apple's Siri commercials - more because I'd rather Apple just be fucking truthful in their ads for once and instead of incessantly promoting something as half baked as Siri is, why not focus on the hundreds of other great things about the phone.  Hey - maybe you could talk about the amazing camera you now always have in your pocket?  Show people taking photos and editing on the phone with apps?  Fuck, what do I know, I'm just a stupid consumer who doesn't know what he wants until Apple makes it for me - right Steve?

Apparently, so are these people...

Class action suit claims Siri does not work as advertised 
By Chris Oldroyd (from 
A class action suit has been raised against Apple claiming Siri does not appear to work as advertised. Siri was launched as a key feature of the iPhone 4S however it has always carried the tag of beta software. This has not deterred a New York man from suing Apple for false advertising over Siri’s capabilities. Frank M.Fazio purchased his iPhone 4S back in November and is now part of a class of people who feel mislead by Apple. 
In many of Apple’s television advertisements, individuals are shown using Siri to make appointments, find restaurants, and even learn the guitar chords to classic rock songs or how to tie a tie. In the commercials, all of these tasks are done with ease with the assistance of the iPhone 4S’s Siri feature, a represented functionality contrary to the actual operating results and performance of Siri. 
The case claims that Siri is much less responsive than shown in the advertisements even though Apple issues a disclaimer stating that the service’s sequences were shortened for advertising purposes. The lawsuit asks for unspecified damages and claims Siri is “at best, a work-in-progress”. Isn’t that the same thing as a beta?

Yes it is the same thing as a beta.  So if it's still in Beta, why spend millions of dollars duping people into thinking it's not?  That's his point, and I agree with it.  The last time I asked it to show me what constellation was above me, it took me to a picture of Brett Favre's penis.

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