iOS 5.0.1: is Siri fair dinkum fixed?

iOS 5.0.1: is Siri fair dinkum fixed?

Summary: The first update to iOS 5 is out, and Apple has promised better dictation results for Australians using Siri on the iPhone 4S. Does Apple live up to its promise to make Siri more fair dinkum with her results?

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The first update to iOS 5 is out, and Apple has promised better dictation results for Australians using Siri on the iPhone 4S. Does Apple live up to its promise to make Siri more fair dinkum with her results?

We spoke to Siri about the impending robot apocalypse, our plans for a nice trip to Paraguay and the merits of damsels trapped in towers to see if Apple's promised fix for Australian dictation, released today in the form of iOS 5.0.1, delivered the goods.

Having now tested Australian Siri dictation on iOS 5.0 and 5.0.1, I'm not sure that one could call this a "fix" — it's merely an improvement.

The voice assistant still performs very well, and with iOS 5.0.1 it continues to improve, but we have to keep in mind that Apple still has a big red "beta" sticker on Siri, so we must forgive its foibles.

Watch the video to see Siri describe herself as "a fancy piece of hot wet" ... really.

Topics: Apple, Government AU

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  • so what about the battery issue ? i have had to go back to a Noikia so my phone lasts longer than 20hrs
    Hideous62
  • 1. That demo isn't Siri. It's the notes app, which uses the same voice recognition software as Siri. Siri is the assistant, not the note taker. She 'hears' you through the same software. This video is a straight out test of the dictation capability, it doesn't show the interpretation / action phases which define Siri beyond standard voice input.

    2. The voice recognition software learns from you over a couple of days. Testing the thing with four statements and complaining that it 'still has a few problems' is an oversimplification of what the software is intended to do. Give the thing a chance to learn how *you* speak, and it does an amazing job.
    RTFMguys