“Siri, the voice-activated personal assistant program built into the Apple iPhone 4S, is the target of yet another lawsuit,” Nathan Olivarez-Giles reports for The Los Angeles Times. “But unlike the March suit filed in New York, the latest lawsuit was filed on Tuesday in Los Angeles.”
“The new suit, filed in a U.S. District Court by a David Jones living in California, makes the same basic accusation that the previous complaint did — that Apple oversells Siri’s abilities in advertising and TV commercials,” Olivarez-Giles reports. “The suit alleges: ‘For example, in many of Apple’s television commercials, consumers are shown using Siri to make appointments, find restaurants, and even to learn the guitar chords to classic rock songs. In its advertisements, Apple depicts these tasks as easily accomplished ‘just by asking’ Siri.'”
MacDailyNews Take: This Davy is not a believer.
Olivarez-Giles reports, “However, Jones hasn’t found that using Siri is that easy, the suit said. For Jones, often ‘Siri would either not understand what Plaintiff asked, or, after a long wait, provided the wrong answer.’ The lawsuit seeks financial ‘relief and damages’ for not only for Jones, who purchased an iPhone 4S in December, but also for other iPhone 4S owners.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Beta. We know that. You likely do, too. However, as with many facts, your average U.S. citizen likely doesn’t (they don’t know the names of their U.S. Senators or Representative, but the ignoranti damn sure know exactly who the judges are on Dancing With The Stars).
Therefore, every Apple TV commercial featuring Siri should have made the fact that it is a beta known, at least via a disclaimer. Since they didn’t, we can only assume some lawyer paid by Apple has failed to properly do his/her job.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]