Siri, do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth? Siri, can you defend yourself in a court of law? We hope so; a man in New York has taken an intense disliking to the iPhone 4S’ ‘humble voice assistant’, cuing up a lawsuit against Apple on the grounds that ads for the iPhone 4S make it look far better than it actually is.
According to a report from the legal side of the Wall Street Journal, the unnamed accuser is taking Apple and Siri to court over fraud, on the grounds that the series of TV ads depicting the voice recognition tech is skewed.
“Through an extensive and comprehensive nationwide marketing campaign, Apple has conveyed the misleading and deceptive message that the iPhone 4S‘s Siri feature, a so-called voice-activated assistant, performs useful functions and otherwise works as advertised,” asserts the lawsuit, which then debunks the myth…
“In the commercials, all of these tasks [such as booking appointments and finding restaurants] are done with ease with the assistant of the iPhone 4S’s Siri feature, a represented functionality contrary to the actual operating results and performance of Siri.”
In other words: it’s all bull. We’re not sure about the ins and outs of slapping a fraud lawsuit on a virtual person, but we’re pretty sure Apple’s more than well-enough equipped lawyer-wise to make this go away fairly swiftly.
In October last year we looked at the clues built into Siri that point to a far more advanced Siri version 2.0. If what we predicted comes true, then perhaps the iPhone’s voice assistant will work close enough as advertised to avoid future litigation. Do you have any problems with Siri? Let us know below.