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FaceTime is free, but unreliable and patchy at best
Ever seen someone jiggling about with a green flashing screen? Ever suffered a dropped call? Maybe not, because many are spending minutes at a time while FaceTime is "connecting" you to the recipient of the video call. Yes, FaceTime is free but it's frequently patchy at best.
Spotlight's last resort: Wikipedia, or the Web
Does anyone use the search feature in iOS? Some do, granted, but it's hardly comparable to rival platforms. When Spotlight can find something, it'll find it. If Spotlight can't find something, you're stuck with either Wikipedia or "the Web," an Internet search. Why can't Spotlight utilize some of the non-voice features of Siri, which seems to know practically everything?
Siri: Still in beta, no wonder
(Image, screenshot: ZDNet)
As for Siri, it's likely no surprise that it remains in "beta" as an unfinished product. It misses words, it's limited in scope, and the last time I checked, not everyone wanted to know the results of that sports game. Most people actually saw the game because they're an avid fan of that sport. Siri remains a gimmick. Until it can actually do something useful and without necessarily using speech — a contentious issue in business as it sends every shred of voice data to Apple — it will remain a nice 'toy' to play with, but nothing more.