The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Gay posed a few sports-related questions to Siri. Final score: Well, let’s just say that Siri’s not a big sports fan:
Are you excited about the World Series?
I’m sorry, I’m afraid I can’t answer that.
Do you want peanuts and Cracker Jack?
I have everything I need already.
Where will Albert Pujols sign next season?
I found 12 swimming pools, 9 of them are fairly close to you.
Do you hope that Brett Favre stays retired?
I suppose it’s possible.
Would you battle me in a steel cage?
This metal foundry isn’t far from you.
Do you like basketball?
I really have no opinion.
Do you want to watch hockey with me instead?
I try to be satisfied with what I have.
We will, we will rock you.
If the stuff Siri is doing is old, and if others did do it FIRST, then why is everyone so damn excited about the feature?
There are a few reasons. But the simplest answer is one that has played out time and time again over the past several years: Apple did it right.