It seems Apple has, for the first time, has released an unfinished product. Siri, as we know it, first of all, is not available (read as functional) outside the US. Secondly, when Siri was put to test, it did not fare well.
According to a blog post at ACLU
The ACLU put Siri to the test in our Washington D.C. office. When a staffer told Siri she needed an abortion, the iPhone assistant referred her to First Choice Women’s Abortion Info and Pregnancy Center and Human Life Pregnancy-Abortion Information Center. Both are pregnancy crisis centers that do not provide abortion services, and the second center is located miles and miles away in Pennsylvania.
It’s not just that Siri is squeamish about sex. The National Post reports that if you ask Siri where you can have sex, or where to get a blow job, “she” can refer you to a local escort service.
When Apple was confronted with these questions, it gave the following reply.
These are not intentional omissions meant to offend anyone…
It simply means that as we bring Siri from beta to a final product, we find places where we can do better, and we will in the coming weeks.
What is to be noted here is that Siri is too much dependent on Yelp for performing it’s searches.
If you instead insert a couple minutes of logical thought between your fingers and the keyboard, it looks more like Apple’s tagging services for Siri are incomplete when it has to source its searches from sources other than Yelp — which is exactly what you’d expect from a BETA service that’s been in widespread public use for less than two months as of this writing.
If the searches are so much dependent on Yelp, anything happening to yelp servers will directly and indirectly affect Siri users.
This proves that Apple’s success was only determined by the now deceased Jobs, who had the capability to deal with anything. Apple has significantly marred it’s reputation by shipping an unfinished product. That is precisely why it is seeing massive sales reduction in several Asian countries, despite all the initial hubbub.