Apple Takes Siri Out Of Beta

apple-siri9to5mac.com reports Apple has quietly taken the beta label off of their voice search feature, Siri.

If you look at the iOS 7 Siri, the page makes no mention of beta anymore. The old iOS 6 version had the beta label on it, but iOS 7 Siri has removed that label.

Here is the iOS 7 Siri page:

new-ios-siri

Here is the old iOS 6 Siri page:

old-ios-siri

About two years ago, we reported on some controversial issues with Siri related to Siri not being able to find abortion clinics. Back then, Apple gave the New York Times a statement reading:

“Our customers want to use Siri to find out all types of information, and while it can find a lot, it doesn’t always find what you want,” said Natalie Kerris, a spokeswoman for Apple, in a phone interview late Wednesday. “These are not intentional omissions meant to offend anyone. It simply means that as we bring Siri from beta to a final product, we find places where we can do better, and we will in the coming weeks.”

Now, if you search for abortion clinics on Siri using iOS 7, you still get similar results:

apple-siri-ios7

Although Siri is out of beta, is it any better with these specific queries than before?

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  • Cole Watts

    Do we know how Google voice manages such searches?

  • Daniel Benny Simanjuntak

    I honestly do believe that Siri has definitely been improved a lot compared to two years ago. It definitely deserves to leave beta status.

  • Scott Salwolke

    It’s funny. I just received a replacement Iphone and the Siri on this one doesn’t work. When I called a few days ago to see what could be done to get it to work, the Apple representative said nothing could be done. That because it was in beta it was still in the test stage. I guess I should call back now that it’s not in Beta and see if they changed their tune.

  • Scott Salwolke

    It’s funny. I just received a replacement Iphone and the Siri on this one doesn’t work. When I called a few days ago to see what could be done to get it to work, the Apple representative said nothing could be done. That because it was in beta it was still in the test stage. I guess I should call back now that it’s not in Beta and see if they changed their tune.

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