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Siri is undoubtedly the highlight of the iPhone 4S. Even without some crucial services (maps and local services look-up), it’s a joy to use in the UK too. We’ve been testing it out this week, asking it questions both serious and silly – and more often than not, it works.

But what’s perhaps most interesting about Siri is what it won’t let you do right now, and when it acknowledges this. We’ve been grilling it to test its limits, and now we think we know what to expect next.

While Siri’s integration with Wolfram Alpha means it can pull off some impressive answers, from calculus to calorie counting, there are plenty of times it just doesn’t work. Normally, when that happens Siri just says it doesn’t understand, and that’s that.

Sometimes though, Siri understands what you’re saying, and acknowledges your request, but says it’s not allowed to perform an action or unable to find said information. We’ve found 11 instances so far, which all point to areas that Apple could be working on next:

“Make a new contact”
“Read my latest email”
“When is the next flight…”
“Update my Facebook status”
“Send a tweet”
“Download an app”
“Play video”
“Open iTunes”
“Read me a story”
“Take a photo”
“Make a voice memo”

There are undoubtedly security issues around some of these instructions (installing apps for instance), but not all of them: Tweeting by voice seems like the next logical step. Flight data is big money (See the anti-trust hubbub Google caused buying ITA last year), so Apple likely wants to get this right.

But perhaps the most telling of all is the last one. Siri actually says “I haven’t yet learned to take dictation” (my italics), suggesting Apple is working on this feature, and willing to admit it. Remember, Siri works by connecting to Apple’s data centre each time, so new Siri smarts wouldn’t have to wait for iOS firmware updates.

What other Siri self-confessed failings have you found? What would you most like to see next? Shout up with your thoughts in the comments.

  • Anonymous

    Hmm, most of those you can already do on Android using VLingo.

    Vlingo, update my facebook status with how last your is Siri
    Vlingo, update twitter hey Apple retards, stop believing all the hype that Apple feed you.
    Vlingo, call Tim Cook and tell him to make great products rather than relying on average products and hype.

    vlingo dot com

    • Mr_Donut

      Mr_Jelly, very interesting. Explain to me why you exhibit such disgust for “Apple retards”. Okay, so let’s assume that indeed Apple is producing average boring products and relying on hype to get their sales going and many “retards” are actually buying it. Why the disgust? Can’t the “retards” enjoy feeling wowed?

      In other words, even if you are right that Apple produces mediocre products, why can’t you let people (who feel they enjoy those products) enjoy it?

      • Anonymous

        Clearly Apple owners are idiots or at best braindead media cretins that believe everything the media tells them without question. Why else would they camp out overnight to buy a minor update on last years average phone, when a Galaxy S2/HTC sensation/Experia Arc S and plenty more are not only freely available, no need to camp out, but cheaper and better too.

        • Anonymous

          Are they not entitled to their own opinion, Mr Jelly?

          • Anonymous

            No.

            Some peoples opinions are so distorted by the media, their opinions are worthless.

        • braindead media cretin

          Mr Jelly,
          Don’t you find it odd that these other phones are (your words) “Cheaper”, “better”, and “freely available” yet the iPhone still manages to sell millions and millions of phones?  Do you really think Apple brainwashed all those millions of people or is it possible that the iPhone is a pretty solid phone?  Everyone’s entitled to their opinions.  There’s no need to call people idiots or braindead media cretins just because they don’t use the same phone as you.  Grow up. 

          • Anonymous

            You don’t get it. Its not because they use a different phone to me. Its because they are either too stupid or too lazy to explore what else there is, they simply believe everything Apple tells them without question. Most don’t know what a retina display is, just that they need it, and anything that doesn’t have one is rubbish. Watch the movie Idiotcracy and you may understand.

          • BrianM

            Or maybe we have tried other devices, and still like the overall package that is the iPhone.

          • Anonymous

            I can believe any sane person would choose a locked in overpriced iphone with very average specs, no widgets, inability to load anything on it without Apples express permission. The only possible explainations are.
            1. They were too lazy to look around.

            2. The were too dumb to look around.

            3. They believed everything theywere told by some random person or internet site.
            4. They value fashion accessories over every other criteria.

          • Anonymous

            The fact you got more than halfway through Idiocracy isn’t something to shout about.

            I know a few people who have an iPhone 4 and they none of them have heard of the phrase ‘Retina Display’.

            It may be that, in fact, you have no choice due to your bias.

            Now that Steve Jobs has passed, let’s say for arguments sake, that Apple changed it’s ways.

            Let’s break it down.

            1.) They open sourced iOS.
            2.) Allowed other ‘App Stores’ on iOS devices (including tweaks to the core OS, thereby negating the need to jailbreak)
            3.) Reduced all hardware prices by 50%.
            4.) Dropped all lawsuits with Samsung et al.

            Would you be happy? Would you fuck.

            The mere fact that you’d have to CHANGE your opinion would be enough for you to stick to your original bias.

            It’s the biggest company in the world, $370bn at the time of writing, and you know what? It achieved it by providing good, solid products that people are willing to pay for.

            That’s it. You want to be Google’s bitch and have some virtual turf war? Really? Crack on.

            By the way, I have an Galaxy Tab as well as an iPhone 4, iMac, PC and ATV2.

            Don’t pledge allegiance to a company. It makes you look like you’re still anxiously awaiting puberty.

        • http://twitter.com/kcwookie Mark Fuller

          Define better, I have and android and it won’t work or play well with my macs, how is that better? Should I throw all my tech equipment in the trash and wait for you to tell me what to buy?

          • Anonymous

            I think you mean it doesn’t play well with apples locked down iTunes. All android support drag and drop, even under macos so any problems with it not playing nice are problems intentionally created by Apple, for example proprietary Apple QuickTime.

        • Neilos

          not only are you on an Apple related article, which suggests you secretly wish you were one of those Apple ‘retards’… but your also banging on about a phone that was spawned off the back of Apple bringing out a completely revolutionary product.  (Admit it, it blew everyone away!) One that others just had to copy to stay in the market. Sure, iPhones aren’t perfect. Nothing generally is. But you fail to distinguish that some people who buy products from Apple aren’t all 16 year olds with skinny jeans and satchels…. some of us are actually Professionals. Professionals , who don’t really care what other people think of our phone…. but would rather just have something they found that worked well. A hand held computer (if you will) with class leading support. ( ie Apps are generally out first on iPhone). I don’t care what my friends use to call their mummys on their lunch breaks…  But they asked me if i was happy with my iphone , i’d say, ‘yep’… and then we would get back to talking about something far more important.  

          • Anonymous

            Apps aren’t out first on iphone, that a myth that Apple ate keen to spread, they cherrypick a handful that are and the apple fanboys then spread the Gospel according to Steve.
            Any company targeting iOS over Android, when Android has a much larger marketshare, easier and less restrictive release process and rules, are frankly on a self destruction route.

          • Neilhamilton

            from someone who has used both and thinks that all smartphones are frustrating pieces of SHIT you guys are both retards for actually bothering to argue about this at all, but if i had to break it down id say that Mr. Jelly is the more retarded one for 

            a)choosing to stereotype and judge an entire group of people simply based on what  products they use and

            b) attacking Iphone users and calling them materialistic while he so desperately tries to prove that his name brand of materialism is the better one. An android is just as much of an accessory

            Mr. Jelly, on behalf of an entire planet full of people who literally have no idea who you are and couldn’t give a shit anyways, go stick your Android up your ass.

          • Anonymous

            You realize Android isn’t a product, it’s a OS. It sounds like you have no idea what you are talking about….

          • Jnottle

            Android has a bigger market than Apple? get your facts right.

          • Anonymous

            I’m afraid it actually does if you’re counting by numbers of handsets.

          • Jnottle

            Android has a bigger market than Apple? get your facts right.

  • Pscomp

    Tell me a joke

  • http://www.facebook.com/leeandro.noray Leeandro Noray

    Did i see T-Mobile on that phone???

    • Peter Grey

      Yes, in Europe but not in the US…

      • Anonymous

        Hi Leeandro – it’s a UK iPhone 4S! No smoke and mirros there :)

  • Real_pseudonym

    “Sorry, [name], I can’t help you with voicemail.”

    • Anonymous

      Good one!

  • Krj1957

    Having to explain to a “non-Apple” person WHY people prefer Apple products is beyond difficult. The best way is to explain that “most” people prefer to be able to jump into their car, start it, put it in gear, and hit the gas/electric pedal and drive way as opposed to having to take months of lessons on how to install the carburetor, fuel injectors, brake cables and drive train needed to operate the “vehicle” to it’s desired performance. While there are many people who may prefer to “tweak” their “vehicles” and have the knowledge and expertise to do so, the fact is that many either don’t or don’t feel the need to acquire such a level of sophistication just to operate a “phone”….”AppleBashers” come off as desperately insecure people who need to rabidly defend their decision to choose another product by attacking the intelligence of those that, for whatever reason, simply didn’t feel the need to adopt the same product that they did!! Here’s a news flash!! “Good for you!! You chose a “non-Apple ” phone!! Its a wonderful product and we hope you enjoy it. We simply refuse to judge you as a person by that “choice”…Have a great day!!”. ( Now, quit asking us to try Siri just “one more time”….)

  • Ex2bot

    Siri may well win the funniest voice rec out there.

    “Siri, I need to hide a body.” (No, probably not an Android user’s.)

    “Really!?”

    “Siri, I need to hide a body.”

    “What kind of locations are you looking for? [Lists] reservoirs, metal foundries, mines, dumps, swamps”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_G7U26Y66WUUXJARGXHC7E25WZU Mr. Beanz

    When it comes to replacing a battery, Android is better in that field since you can go to any mobile store to by a replacement. Apple however you have to send them your original phone, pay almost $200 to send it and they’ll send you a new phone. Now for people who dont update their phone using iTunes, they’re at a loss. At least with Android you have a memory card so everything is saved on that memory card. Apple doesnt have that option since their whole device is mainly internal flash. So you have to look at the pros and cons when buying a phone. I prefer Android over iPhone in that area. Not to mention the screens are much bigger than the iphone. And also removable storage is better than internal. You have options to upgrade to a higher miniSD card, and a fraction of the cost than to upgrading to a newer iphone with higher internal space. So price wise I choose Android over iphone. People stand on line waiting for a new iphone to come out. They upgrade their phone every year or every time a new one launches. And it’s amazing that a phone with such a high price isnt built with durability, the screen cracks with an accidental drop to the floor. If iphone is so great make it durable where if it drops it wont break, they did it before why did they stop. I’m just saying

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_G7U26Y66WUUXJARGXHC7E25WZU Mr. Beanz

    When it comes to replacing a battery, Android is better in that field since you can go to any mobile store to by a replacement. Apple however you have to send them your original phone, pay almost $200 to send it and they’ll send you a new phone. Now for people who dont update their phone using iTunes, they’re at a loss. At least with Android you have a memory card so everything is saved on that memory card. Apple doesnt have that option since their whole device is mainly internal flash. So you have to look at the pros and cons when buying a phone. I prefer Android over iPhone in that area. Not to mention the screens are much bigger than the iphone. And also removable storage is better than internal. You have options to upgrade to a higher miniSD card, and a fraction of the cost than to upgrading to a newer iphone with higher internal space. So price wise I choose Android over iphone. People stand on line waiting for a new iphone to come out. They upgrade their phone every year or every time a new one launches. And it’s amazing that a phone with such a high price isnt built with durability, the screen cracks with an accidental drop to the floor. If iphone is so great make it durable where if it drops it wont break, they did it before why did they stop. I’m just saying

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