Apple sued by iPhone-4S user over voice assistant (Siri)

Robbins Geller, representing a New-Yorker sues Apple for false publicity, claiming that the company’s advertisements convey a “misleading and deceptive message” with respect to Siri’s capability.

As per the description given by Apple on its website, “Siri, is the iPhone 4S app that lets you use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, and more. Ask Siri to do things just by talking the way you talk. Siri understands what you say, knows what you mean, and even talks back. Siri is so easy to use and does so much, you’ll keep finding more and more ways to use it”.

Frank M. Fazio, after purchasing iPhone 4S from Brooklyn last November, feels that he has been hard done and the same led to him filing a suit in the federal court on Monday.

“In many of Apple’s television advertisements, individuals are shown using Siri to make appointments, find restaurants, and even learn the guitar chords to classic rock songs or how to tie a tie. In the commercials, all of these tasks are done with ease with the assistance of the iPhone 4S’s Siri feature, a represented functionality contrary to the actual operating results and performance of Siri.”

Mr. Fazio alleged that Siri is sluggish in real life. When asked to give directions to a certain place, “Siri either did not understand what Plaintiff was asking, or, after a very long wait time, responded with the wrong answer.”

(Disclosure: We own an iPhone 4S, and Siri has been generally responsive to our requests for directions. Even in Midtown traffic.)

The lawsuit, demanding unspecified damages, states Siri is “at best, a work-in-progress.” When asked that whether her makers have inflated her actual worth Siri stated, “We were talking about you, not me.”

An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment on pending litigation.

However, legal experts are of the opinion that as Siri is only a beta version, thus the lawsuit seems childish and Apple might counter-sue Mr. Fazio for the legal expenses caused to them.


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