updated 09:00 pm EDT, Mon March 26, 2012
iPhone 4S sees active use but mixed uptake
A new Parks Associates study obtained early has given a rare glimpse into Siri habits on the iPhone 4S. Although talking to a small pool of 482 users, Parks told the Wall Street Journal that no more than a third of these were using it daily. The most common uses, which reached the one-third mark, were either making calls, sending texts or iMessages, and running searches.
Daily dropped considerably for others. About 26 percent of owners said they were using Siri to dictate e-mail daily. The lowest adoption came from meeting creation and music. A significant portion of iPhone 4S owners have never used certain features, Parks said: 30 percent had never used Siri for e-mail, while 32 percent had never tried music and 35 percent had never made a calendar entry for a meeting.
About 87 percent of iPhone 4S users do use Siri at least once a month.
Overall reactions also weren't uniformly positive. About 55 percent were happy with Siri, but nine percent were unhappy, and the rest had mixed opinions. In anticipating a possible voice-guided Apple TV set, just 37 percent were clearly in favor, while 20 percent were actively opposed to it.
The mixed opinions come partly out of Siri being in a beta state. Along with whatever early limitations exist for language, there have also been scaling issues as it struggles to provide some voice commands. Some have noted that there are a few areas where Android Voice Actions still has an edge, such as the ability to launch an individual app.
Some have suspected that the limited new iPad support may have been Apple's acknowledgment that Siri needed to be refined before it was ready to go to a wider audience.