Apple doesn’t normally improve the capabilities of Siri outside of a major operating system update, but it has made an exception this time around for baseball. Apple has dramatically improved the knowledge base Siri can draw from for Siri, allowing the voice-activated personal assistant to answer a wider range of questions about the sport. Via The Verge, Siri now covers 28 leagues, not just Major League Baseball, too.
Siri first started answering sports questions with iOS 6. Apple says that the upgrade to baseball, timed alongside the new MLB season, allows users to ask more detailed questions about career statistics and baseball history.
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The news comes days after the announcement that Apple and MLB have signed a deal for coaches to use 12.9 inch iPad Pros in the dugout during real games. The deal gives coaches and managers in the MLB iPad Pros to use, equipped with a custom app for statistics, but usage of the devices is not mandatory.
The season has only just begun, so the impact of the Apple-MLB deal is yet to really be seen come to fruition. It’s also worth noting that Siri’s coverage of baseball questions is not perfect. Many queries still resulted in WolframAlpha results or fallback Google searches. The voice dictation also struggled to understand the names of many players.
By the way, T-Mobile is offering a free year of MLB Premium for customers.