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Apple made Siri worse, says Steve Wozniak

Steve Wozniak is less than impressed with Apple's version of Siri. Speaking to the Times Union, the Apple co-founder said the voice recognition application had become less accurate after it was purchased by Apple in 2010.

Wozniak said he was a fan of the application before its iPhone release and that his initial feeling about Siri was that "[t]his was the future: speaking things in normal ways, feeling like you're talking to a human and how Siri was the greatest program," Wozniak said.

But then it was purchased by Apple and the app became considerably less accurate, he said.

"A lot of people say Siri. I say poo-poo. I was using it to make reservations long before Apple bought it."

"I would say, 'Siri, what are the five largest lakes in California?' and it would come up, one, two, three, four, five. And I would ask 'What are the prime numbers greater than 87?' and they would come up all in a row. That was pretty incredible," Wozniak said.

Since then, however, Siri has become less able to understand and process the same phrases, sentences and questions, he alleged.

"'What are the largest lakes in California?' I'd get all these lakefront properties. And I'd say 'What are the prime numbers greater than 87?' And I'd get prime rib," Wozniak said of Apple's Siri release.

But Wozniak still believes voice recognition is the way forward and that improvements and more sophisticated technology are imminent. "I'm really disappointed, but it's still a market for the future," Wozniak said. "I think voice recognition for all the platforms is going to get better and better and better at putting together complete sentences and phrases."

Apple recently announced that it will bring Siri to the new iPad, as well as integrate the digital assistant into its forthcoming mapping service.