As I mentioned recently, I’m running the first iOS 6 beta on a testing iPad and getting to know the new version of iOS, at least in its early beta stage.
One of the big new features in iOS 6 on iPad is the presence of Siri, the clever voice assistant. Siri is adding capabilities in iOS 6 too – one of them that Apple highlighted at the recent WWDC 2012 keynote event is her new sports knowledge. Apple showed off how she can tell you about all the latest scores and standings. Not surprisingly, Siri’s range of sports knowledge, at least for now, is quite limited and seems very US-centric.
I’m a huge football / soccer fan and I’m following the EURO 2012 tournament closely – so I thought I’d ask Siri about it. I asked her using a number of terms and found she’s clueless about the tournament.
I also tried asking about the French Open and the London Olympics – she had nothing at all to offer on the French Open and said she doesn’t know much about tennis. For the London Olympics her best was a link out to a Google search page for the Olympics schedule.
I think this is my favorite result so far though – when I asked about Wimbledon she offered this up:
Just in case you can’t read the text, she says:
OK, here’s a place matching ‘Wimbledon’; it’s a little ways from you.
That’s the right place of course – though I’m not sure what Siri considers to be more than a little ways away – since I’m in Texas and that’s in London, England. :)
Hopefully Siri’s knowledge of non-US sports will soon be expanded.