Yes I’m a regular user of Siri and rely on it daily for various things. I’m not kidding. However, my use of Siri is quite specific. I have integrated her into my daily life and it really works, which allows me to overlook its limitations. But just moving away even slightly from these tasks can reveal Siri’s shortcomings. I’ll discuss these limitations further down.
Siri, the voice assistant was developed by Apple and has been part of the Apple ecosystem since its debut in 2011 with the iPhone 4S. I can still recall the day Siri was launched like it was yesterday. At that time, Siri’s voice wasn’t as natural as it is today, and its capabilities were limited to kind of pre-programmed responses. Despite this, it felt revolutionary.
Over time, Siri has seen many smaller improvements. The latest updates in iOS 17 brought some minor enhancements again, and even more significant changes are expected in iOS 18- at least early rumors suggest this. These rumored updates are long overdue and I really hope that at least some part of these early reports are true. Down below I have listed 5 major areas I believe it needs to be improved.
Siri’s current range of capabilities is huge. It can understand voice commands for various tasks, such as making calls, sending texts, browsing the internet, setting alarms, managing music playback, and more. Siri is available on the iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, Mac, HomePods, and even on the Apple TV remote. It also works with third-party apps, allowing for more advanced voice-command interactions. A significant enhancement is Siri’s integration with Apple’s HomeKit, enabling voice control of home devices like lights and thermostats.
However, Siri’s usefulness has its limits. It excels at simple, routine tasks, but when you try commands that deviate from the standard phrases, Siri often struggles. There are also times when Siri experiences glitches, which I lovingly refer to as her ‘5 minutes.’ During…