Whatever Apple paid to acquire Siri, it appears to have been money well invested
Why did thousands of people in Boston and across the country stand in line at dawn yesterday to buy the newest smartphone from Apple Inc.? Why not just wait a few days, until the crowds ebb? I asked the new iPhone 4S, the latest version of Apple’s best-selling device, which was released yesterday. The phone didn’t know. But it did know last week’s lottery numbers, next week’s weather report, and the capital city of the Asian nation of Uzbekistan.
I simply spoke to the phone, and it displayed the correct answers in seconds. That might explain why so many people stood in line for the newest version of the iPhone. Its most vaunted new feature, the voice command system called Siri, responds to human speech with speed and precision. With the new iPhone’s faster processor, and its host of major software improvements, yesterday’s buying frenzy made a little more sense.