“Apple said Wednesday that the apparent inability of Siri, the virtual assistant in the iPhone 4S, to retrieve information about abortion clinics and women’s health services in some areas was not intentional or deliberate,” Jenna Wortham blogs for The New York Times.
“The company attributed the problem to kinks in the product that were still being ironed out,” Wortham reports. “Siri is officially still a beta or test product.”
Wortham reports, “‘Our customers want to use Siri to find out all types of information, and while it can find a lot, it doesn’t always find what you want,’ said Natalie Kerris, a spokeswoman for Apple, in a phone interview late Wednesday. ‘These are not intentional omissions meant to offend anyone. It simply means that as we bring Siri from beta to a final product, we find places where we can do better, and we will in the coming weeks.'”
Read more in the full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]
Apple’s Siri stumbles over an abortion question – November 30, 2011