Did iPhone 4S's Siri tell a 12 year old to "shut the f*** up"?

The iPhone 4S's Siri voice recognition feature can come up with some odd and funny responses at times to the questions given by users of Apple's smartphone. But if a British tabloid is to be believed (and that's always a big "if") one users got a rather vulgar response to a innocent question.

The Sun reports that a 12 year old in Coventry was using a demo version of the iPhone 4S and used the Siri feature to ask, "How many people are there in the world?". The Sun claims that Siri's response was," Shut the f*** up, you ugly t***." The child's mother claims she couldn't believe that Siri would give such a statement and asked the same question again. She says, "The same four-letter stuff blared out."

The demo version was being used in a Tesco retail store and the report says that the management of the store says that pranksters had somehow gotten a hold of the iPhone 4S and changed its set-up so that the phone's user name was in fact that seven word phrase. That meant that Siri said that phrase when asked a question.

Nevertheless, the manager is quoted as saying, "We have launched an investigation. The handset will be going back to Apple for diagnostic tests."

Lesson for the day: Demo units in stores can be messed with so be careful in assuming the demo version is the same as the actual product.

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He changed his name on the phone people. Try it and you will see. Apple is not so stupid as to allow SIRI to say something like that back when asked that question.

Of course Apple will enjoy free publicity from this. Even though its negative the general media will twist it round and pretend its something cool. If it was another company then the newspaper or media organisation would pretend it was an outrage and try and force the company to apologize.

This isn't anything against the British, and even my friends in the UK have agreed with me: 12 year old British boys are ANNOYING AS HELL!

Props to the pranksters or Apple for that hahaha! (I say this after playing with them online guh...)

dead.cell said,
This isn't anything against the British, and even my friends in the UK have agreed with me: 12 year old British boys are ANNOYING AS HELL!

Props to the pranksters or Apple for that hahaha! (I say this after playing with them online guh...)

Chaventry... Nuff Sed

dead.cell said,
This isn't anything against the British, and even my friends in the UK have agreed with me: 12 year old British boys are ANNOYING AS HELL!

Props to the pranksters or Apple for that hahaha! (I say this after playing with them online guh...)


Chaventry... Nuff Sed

I actually work in this phone shop and can shed some light on this. This did all happen, whilst this wasn't the actual phrase it blurted out, it was something similar.
We all know how it happened, and we all know how to change it back, but the handset will be sent back just so it can be seen and make apple aware of it, to probably help enhance demo software for the future

Brian Miller said,
T***?

Notice the article said British. They have some different curse words hehe.

Apparently Bellend is a bad word or something like that?

People should just use some common sense. A demo device can be manipulated by anyone. It doesn't wonder me at all. Apple should simply ban offending words on demo devices so people like these don't get offended by this stupid bull****. I'm sure her son didn't hear such things for the first time.

MASTER260 said,
Why is everyone in the comments believing this? It's a frickin' tabloid!

In fact, why would Neowin post a tabloid news story? Isn't unprofessional journalism supposed to look BETTER here?

MASTER260 said,

In fact, why would Neowin post a tabloid news story? Isn't unprofessional journalism supposed to look BETTER here?

As in, better sources.

Colin McGregor said,

Did you seriously just post a comment then comment on your comment twice?

Yo dawg, I heard you like comments so I put a comment in your comment so you can comment while you comment.

Colin McGregor said,

Did you seriously just post a comment then comment on your comment twice?


I knew someone was gonaa say this. Listen, I'm on Neowin Mobile & couldn't see the edit button.

Either ,open your eyes or buy a decent phone then and maybe people wont laugh at you ....just saying !

MASTER260 said,

I knew someone was gonaa say this. Listen, I'm on Neowin Mobile & couldn't see the edit button.

You can't edit on Neowin mobile, I don't know why but it will be updated in time for sure

seanseany said,
Either ,open your eyes or buy a decent phone then and maybe people wont laugh at you ....just saying !

I think people would be laughing at your ignorance instead.

Isn't the only way of achieving this through SiriProxy? I doubt anyone would take the time to run it on their laptop...

Karo - 323z IT said,
Isn't the only way of achieving this through SiriProxy? I doubt anyone would take the time to run it on their laptop...

No, they simply changed the name on the Device. Siri calls you by your name.
So when asked a question it can be more personalized. Someone changed it to the swears, so it would use them as the name when answering a question. Simple stuff.

The real issue has already been provided. Some d-bag changed the user name on the iPhone in question to "Shut the f*** up you ugly t***"

Possession said,

No, they simply changed the name on the Device. Siri calls you by your name.
So when asked a question it can be more personalized. Someone changed it to the swears, so it would use them as the name when answering a question. Simple stuff.

this one sounds more realistic.

Possession said,

No, they simply changed the name on the Device. Siri calls you by your name.
So when asked a question it can be more personalized. Someone changed it to the swears, so it would use them as the name when answering a question. Simple stuff.

LOL So simple and yet so elegant.

1. This article is DAY'S late (again).
2. I don't get why they send it for testing ,it's pretty easy to change it back.
3. Why does no-one see the lighter side of things? There was a picture in another article and the mother just looked unhappy.

Possession said,
1. This article is DAY'S late (again).
2. I don't get why they send it for testing ,it's pretty easy to change it back.
3. Why does no-one see the lighter side of things? There was a picture in another article and the mother just looked unhappy.

This is standard practice! One time someone set a pornographic image as the desktop wallpaper on a display unit at Best Buy, so they had to send it in for full diagnostic tests. Otherwise, how would we know how these things end up happening?

Possession said,
1. This article is DAY'S late (again).
2. I don't get why they send it for testing ,it's pretty easy to change it back.
3. Why does no-one see the lighter side of things? There was a picture in another article and the mother just looked unhappy.

Considering you can't even get basic grammar correct, I'd hardly say you have room to complain about journalistic quality

Possession said,
1. This article is DAY'S late (again).
2. I don't get why they send it for testing ,it's pretty easy to change it back.
3. Why does no-one see the lighter side of things? There was a picture in another article and the mother just looked unhappy.

You have no idea how stupid retail sales people are. I've started working as the FIRST tech guy in the Belgian branch of the Carphone Warehouse, and we've reduced our amount of RMA's by quite a large percentage, simply because I do software updates right away for customers with software issues. I updated and secured all our retail demo phones and just in general help customers with technical issues. And you have no idea how terribly my colleagues are at anything technical. They can sell stuff without knowing anything about it, but they don't know a thing about anything technical.

MightyJordan said,
Heard this story getting reported by the Daily Fail last week. This is just a dumb mother making mountains out of molehills.

Lol. What did the mother do?

We don't know if she went directly to the press, but apparently before it got to the press, she was upset because the store still kept the phone untouched a full day later, when it should have been taken down.

"Kim is angry that apologetic Tesco staff had not taken down the demo handset after the insulting fault was pointed out to them."

The press sure seems to love the story, though : ) Including Neowin.