Siri loses some sex appeal, literally

Siri has been a big selling point for Apple's iPhone 4S. When it was demonstrated for the first time, Siri became an electronic sensation. Voice commands became the big reason for the iPhone 4S sales rocketing, instead of the internal changes allowing for improved performance. Siri could be used for a great deal of different things, and it wasn't long before it began to be used for comedic effect. With Siri you could have your iPhone call you "Sugar Daddy", or any other title you wanted. You could even set Siri up to insult people if it was being used in a retail display unit, as some pranksters did. This won't last forever though.

Thanks to a tip from Neowin reader Ari David, it seems that Apple is removing that feature. Any attempts to get Siri to respond in a sexual manner will be given a negative response now as the voice assistant will not reply with a sexual or derogatory statement. This even applies to the aforementioned "Sugar Daddy". When prompted, Siri will refer to you as "Sugar", but not as "Sugar Daddy", for Apple has updated it to recognize the definition of a sugar daddy. Obviously, this makes the iPhone's voice assistant more suitable for kids to use. Previously, it was open to abuse from others who may have changed settings to allow other, not so friendly names, to be used.

This is not the first time Apple has updated Siri quietly. Previously, Siri would tell users that the Lumia 900 was the best smartphone. Apple disagreed, and changed Siri's response to reply that the iPhone 4S was the best smartphone. Even after Apple's silent change, Siri still secretly wanted you to be using a Lumia 900.

Source: TechIT (translated from Hebrew)

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I do not like my tech restricting me. If I purchase a product I want to decide how to use it. Basically I am completely against censorship and I feel strongly that this is a form of censorship

James Rose said,
I do not like my tech restricting me. If I purchase a product I want to decide how to use it. Basically I am completely against censorship and I feel strongly that this is a form of censorship

You can't make a third party App a default either. In retrospect an iOS device was probably a terrible choice.

thommcg said,

You can't make a third party App a default either. In retrospect an iOS device was probably a terrible choice.

I dont have a iOS device, so I assume you mean you can't have a 3rd party media app that is the default for playing music as opposed to iTunes. If this is true, it too is unacceptable. But then, it's unacceptable to ME, if someone chooses this and is acceptable with this function set, fine. I just want to make the choices myself

thommcg said,

You can't make a third party App a default either. In retrospect an iOS device was probably a terrible choice.

Is having Siri talk dirty to you really that ugh up on your list of desired features? And it's not censorship; censorship is when a government literally forbids you from accessing something. No store is forced to sell something they don't want to, hence the App Store doesn't have to, and no one has to include features they don't want to with this product.

James7 said,
Why don't they let it have an adult mode that you can unlock?

.. almost like selling a wireless N wifi card in a MacBook and making someone pay to unlock the "N"....

James7 said,
Why don't they let it have an adult mode that you can unlock?

Apple doesn't tolerate anything adult, that's what Android is for to paraphrase Steve Jobs.

Damian said,
I don't get it. There are far better things to report on and you post this? Pathetic...

What's pathetic is people not understanding that the world doesn't revolve around them. Neowin is here to cater to everyone and to post articles that some people will find interesting. Neowin is not here to cater to you and your interests only. Usually, people just ignore articles they don't find interesting because they understand that they won't find everything in the world interesting and they understand how news websites work.

FoxieFoxie said,
Except that Windows Mobile had voice commands for 10 years and TellMe was revealed before Siri

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iB6pWs46GY8

And so did iDevices. Siri is a step up from voice commands, in that it (ideally, at least) understands conversational styles, and is able to figure out what you're saying without having to rely on specific commands. And since TellMe is an interpretational tool, it can definitely be used for Siri-like applications, or just for dictation and commands.

FoxieFoxie said,
Except that Windows Mobile had voice commands for 10 years and TellMe was revealed before Siri

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iB6pWs46GY8

Yes, I remember Windows Mobile voice commands and even before that Mac OS 9 and I think also Mac OS 8 had integrated voice commands. I also remember that they were all terrible and not even close to what Siri can interpret as well as some of the other new voice recognition packages.