Steve Wozniak: Siri Failed the Day Apple Bought It

If you didn’t already know, Siri, the virtual assistant integrated into iOS for the iPhone 4S and now the new iPad, was previously an application before it was purchased by Apple and removed off of the App Store. Although it couldn’t compose text messages or log events in your calendar, it provided a similar search functionality to what it currently offers.

In fact, according to Steve Wozniak, a co-founder of Apple, Siri was actually better before Apple purchased it. During a recent interview with The Times Union (via CultofMac), Woz said that he has been “disappointed” with Siri ever since Apple acquired the service.

He knew Siri would be “the future”, but he says that the service virtually crumbled the very day Apple bought it.

Wozniak does admit, however, that Siri has improved since the date that it was integrated into iOS – back in October with the introduction of the iPhone 4S.

“Then when Apple finally released it, it still had a lot of those problems, but you know… it should be smart enough to look at the words you say and know what you’re asking.”

We’ve embedded the interviews below for your viewing pleasure:

This isn’t the first time that the Apple co-founder has publicly revealed his frustrations with Siri. Owning multiple iPhone handsets hasn’t stopped him from pointing out its flaws. Back in January, he claimed that his Android phone handled voice commands better than his iPhone did:

“I’ll be saying, over and over again in my car, ‘Call the Lark Creek Steak House,’ and I can’t get it done. Then I pick up my Android, say the same thing, and it’s done.”

Of course, Siri is still in a “beta” phase, and evidently Apple wants to continue to improve it.