Stuart Breckenridge

Siri on HomePod Correctly Answered 52.3% of Queries in New AI Test

Mitchel Broussard, Macrumors:

In a new test shared today by Loup Ventures, Apple’s HomePod was put through its paces in categories including Siri, sound quality, and ease of use. For Siri, Loup Ventures’ Gene Munster reported that while the AI assistant understood 99.4 percent of queries asked of it, it answered only 52.3 percent of them correctly. Loup Ventures tested three separate HomePods and asked 782 queries total.

It’s been almost eight years since Apple purchased Siri but it doesn’t feel like there has been eight years of progress. In the above test almost 1 in 2 questions couldn’t be answered correctly! While I’m not sure what questions were asked, below are some examples from my testing:

  • Birthdays: If you have a someone’s birthday recorded in the Contacts app, ask Siri how old that person will be on their next birthday. Siri will respond with said person’s current age. This is Siri working out the age based on data held locally within an Apple app — there is no way this should fail.
  • Localisation: Asking Siri what the next matches are in the Premier League gives two results for the same match. The text states Leicester City vs Stoke City, while the team crests are in the reverse order. This makes no sense as one is Home vs Away while the other is Away vs Home.
    • An additional minor gripe: why am I also told which U.S. TV channel is broadcasting the game? Siri could use my location (Singapore) and language preferences (English, U.K.) to determine this information to be completely unnecessary.
    Siri Localisation Fail

Siri needs some serious improvements.

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Delaying iOS Updates Through Mobile Device Management

In the latest iOS 11.3 beta1, Apple has introduced a new Mobile Device Management feature:

Delay the ability to see and install iOS updates for up to 90 days.

Other than giving companies the ability to delay updates in order to ensure compatibility with their own apps, I don’t see a good reason for this. The improved security of each iOS update is, to my mind, more important.

  1. A developer subscription is required to view the release notes. ↩︎

Apple Watch Series 3 with Cellular

Via Channel News Asia:

Singtel will be the first telecommunications provider to offer a new model of the Apple Watch Series 3 with a built-in cellular service from Feb 9, it announced in a news release on Friday (Jan 26).

It’ll cost an extra S$6.90/month, according to Singtel’s site. While this isn’t as bad as the $10 + taxes (USD) that AT&T are charging in the United States, it’s still questionable. The watch uses the data allowance of your phone. Why should you pay twice for that privilege?

When Does the iMac Pro Go On Sale?

There’s been no clear indication from Apple as to which countries will be able to order the iPad Pro from 14th December. However, it appears that Singapore will not be one of them:

It’s strange, normally Singapore is a launch country for new products.

Month 13 is Out of Bounds

After the recent macOS security update I started seeing this message flooding the console:

It’s appearing at least 20 times per second and other than disabling Bluetooth, I haven’t found a way to stop it.

Update: This is wide spread.