Rush Limbaugh on his new Apple Watch: Really cool, pretty slow, and Siri is now pretty much flawless

Among other things during his radio program, Mac, iPhone, and iPad user Rush Limbaugh today discussed his new Apple Watch, his iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (he has both), and the strides Apple has made recently with the personal assistant Siri.

The 3-hour Rush Limbaugh Show, the highest-rated, most-listened-to talk-radio program in the United States with some 15 million weekly listeners, airs daily on a network of approximately 590 AM and FM affiliate radio stations. The program is also broadcast worldwide on the U.S. Armed Forces Radio Network.

From the live on-air transcript:

By the way, folks, speaking of the Rush Revere Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans, the children’s history book series, I got an e-mail note from Erick Erickson Saturday night. I was minding my own business as usual, wasn’t bothering anybody, and I got a little beep and a notification on my Apple Watch. By the way, people keep asking me, “So what do you think of it?”

Folks, it’s turned out to be exactly what I thought it would be. I’m using it exactly as I thought I would. I use it for basically two things: to notify me that I have received either an e-mail or a message when my iPhone isn’t nearby. On the golf course, or even sitting here, I can get a notification look on the watch. I can at least find out that somebody sent something to me and I can check the phone later.

As I also knew, given a choice between the watch and the phone, I’ll go for the phone every time. It’s bigger; it’s faster. This is version 1 of the watch. It’s pretty slow. It’s really cool the things you can do on it. You can answer the phone. You can make a phone call. The battery life is fine. It’s just slow. It’s a version 1.0 device. But I haven’t had any problems with it. I don’t make phone calls or get them, but I’ve tested it, and it works fine.

Rush Limbaugh and his Apple Watch
Rush Limbaugh and his Apple Watch
Anyway, this note from Erick Erickson. He said, “My kid’s book order through Scholastic is due on Thursday.” He’s got kids at school, and he has to order the books according to the kid’s curriculum. So he just went online to the Scholastic Reading Club and a website to place an order for his kid’s books, and he says, “Look what I see here. The most recommended book by fourth grade teachers is “Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims” — and it’s beating Dr. Martin Luther King no less!” He says, “Well done. Thanks. Erick.” So I looked at this, and I said, “Well, hot damn. That’s absolutely correct. He’s right.”

Scholastic Reading Club, fourth graders, teacher recommendations: The number one most recommended by fourth grade teachers, is “Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims”. This is mainstream stuff here. So that’s hopeful. That is actually good, especially when I run across the story that only 18% of eighth graders are proficient in US history. (interruption) I just got another message from [my wife] Kathryn which says, “Ha, babe!” Because she heard me talking about the note from the watch.

So now I’m gonna reply to it.

“Very cool, isn’t it, sweetie?” question mark. Send it and it’s gone. You know there’s something else about this watch. Siri on the watch is flawless. There’s obviously a new Siri system, software rev version, server system, what have you. But it has, in over a week, yet to make a dictation error. Now, it’s confused words that have similar spelling but the same pronunciation. But it has not goofed up in a substantive way at all. It’s really stunning in that regard.

Full transcript here.

MacDailyNews Take: It’s only “slow” when it comes to third-party apps which Apple will not allow to go native until later this year. Any perceived sluggishness on the Apple Watch is due to third-party apps communicating with the paired iPhone. Apple’s native apps prove that the Watch hardware isn’t “slow.”

[Thanks to MacDailyNews readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]

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47 Comments

  1. Dear Jesus, please let them nominate Hillary. I’ll sell one of my “other” boats and donate the proceeds to the Little Sisters of the Poor, I promise!

  2. Because I live outside the Us, I’ve never heard of this guy. Everyone’s comments make it obvious he’s a polarizing sort of guy. OK he likes Mac stuff and that’s a point in his favor. But his web site is one of the worst I’ve ever seen. Disgraceful graphic design. And such narcissism.

    I wanted to listen to him online but…damn if he doesn’t want me to pay! Where the hell did that idea come from? Thousands of radio stations around the world, I’ve never heard of a demand to pay to listen. Maybe I don’t want to listen to him after all.

    1. Many iheart.com streams have his show live when he is on the air. He charges for past shows on his site like many other shows do. But if you want to listen for free, you have to catch him live on iheart.com.

  3. I wish he would indicate what “faster” means. The watch does its tasks quite efficiently as far as I am concerned. I am notified of a text, turn my wrist and there it is. Boom. Check my steps, no problem. time, all I do is tilt it toward my gaze. He’s right about the dictation – super accurate. Even if the word is just phonetically correct, you don’t really have to change it as it can be understood through context. I would recommend it to anyone considering it. I bought the least expensive version.

  4. Slow? YES! MDN is a bit biased, but I have a 38mm SS and it’s slow to perform requests for even Apple’s own native apps, especially Siri.

    Sometimes, I’m dictating something, and Siri stays stagnant until a few secs later, the words appear.

    The battery is my worst nightmare! It’s almost like you can’t use it for nothing else than glances! Try to ask Siri something, and battery goes down by 2%.

    Try to launch Mail and then Activity app, and it’s another 2% gone!

    And that’s not even playing with it. If I do, I lose 40% in 8 mins!

      1. No I haven’t raised the issue with Apple. I can see some people with similar issues to mine, like Rush Limbaugh above!

        It’s probably what is a version 1.0 product. Sad, when some models cost above USD10,000!!

        1. Rush Limbaugh is losing 40% battery life in 8 minutes? I didn’t see that part. Do you think it was edited out? Because that’s the part that would make me want to contact Apple. Why haven’t you done so? Seriously, you should.

          1. I have a feeling you’re doubting my loyalty to Apple. For me to get a 38mm SS with Milanese loop must mean the big trust in the company to get a product for AUD949 and international postage to MU for AUD269 including a pair of Beats Wireless AUD239 to accompany the Watch. I am a first day buyer of all Apple products.

            Contact Apple for what? Oh just so you should know that the battery sucks and you should send me a software update to make it last twice as long?!!

            Sharon, I’m not dump that much to think that the problem is not in the hardware!

            You probably have a 42mm and I’ve read reports that it “could” have a bigger battery. If you google for Apple Watch battery, you should find enough issues with it.

            1. I’m not doubting you for a second! If you’re losing 40% of the battery in 8 minutes, a software update is not the answer. It’s the hardware. You have to exchange it. That’s clear. Nobody else is reporting that. And since I’m sure you weren’t exaggerating, Apple will replace that in an instant.

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