Tim Cook’s may be on Twitter now, but he’s probably not going to be retweeting a poor showing from Siri on the late night program last night.

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Actress Jane Lynch’s tweeted a recent experience with Siri in which it apparently responded to her request for directions to Le Pain Quotidien with “I have no listing for Let Pam Cookie Ian.” She recounted the story in an interview on Conan, in which two further live Siri attempts also failed.

The first, Lynch’s voice on O’Brien’s phone, wasn’t really a fair test: Siri keeps personalised voice files for each user on its servers. But the second, in which O’Brien used his own phone, resulted in the infamous “I’m really sorry about this, but I can’t take any requests right now” message.

With some iPhone fails, though, you have to look more to the human factor than the phone. Sure, it’s a bit of an oops moment when Apple Maps directs local drivers onto an airport taxiway, but as with many other GPS fails, you’d kind of think drivers might notice that they were crossing a runway – or that an international airport might, you know, make sure the gate was closed or something …

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6 Responses to “Tim Cook probably won’t be retweeting Conan O’Brien’s Siri fail”

  1. PMZanetti says:

    Siri’s failure rate on iOS 7 is extreme.


  2. Seth Perry says:

    Apart from sounding better, Siri’s understanding or language isn’t as good as it used to be. Text to speech is the same. I was hands free and wanted to go to store.apple.com and it typed store.apple.calm. I tried to remain calm.

    Also if I haven’t used Siri for several hours and then I try to use it, Siri gives me that same response, “I’m really sorry about this, but I can’t take any requests right now”. But if I immediately try again, it goes through. Not sure whats up.


  3. lagax says:

    Well any promotion is good promotion. ;)


  4. Rob Smithson says:

    So much for Beta ending.