Apple has upgraded Siri to improve answers to baseball-related questions in time for Major League Baseball's new season (via The Verge).
Apple's voice-activated assistant is now able to draw on an updated database that includes statistics going back to the beginning of the sport's history. Siri users can also enjoy more detailed Major League Baseball career stats as well as additional information for 28 other leagues and minors.
Siri has provided sports results since iOS 6. However, The Verge notes that, when it comes to sports, Siri's responses to more specific questions still feel limited. For example, asking "When was the last time the Yankees had a perfect game?" returns a generic search for the baseball team, with similar searches resulting in simple Google queries.
Apple is continually working to improve Siri's breadth of knowledge and often quietly updates its responses to particular topics. The personal assistant also received additional improvements to its contextual awareness with the release of iOS 9. Siri is expected make its long-anticipated debut on Mac in OS X 10.12 later this year.
Just last week, Apple agreed a deal with Major League Baseball that will see the sports league's coaching staffs use iPad Pros in dugouts to make better use of data during games.
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Can I ask when high tide is? no. And it knows it can't. So Apple knows it can't. Why isn't there a list of un-answerable Siri questions, that Apple logs, and then lets us, the internet, craft answers. The first 5 people that ask some question get nothing, but everyone after that may get somewhere with it, without defaulting to a stupid google results list.
Siri is 10% of what it should be, and 1% of what Samuel Jackson made us think it would be.
I wish Apple would let us choose the default assistant in the same way we choose a default browser. I'd swap it out for anything else.
I truly fail to understand how company with billions upon billions of cash laying around (Apple) can be really good at some products, but so behind its competition in so many other areas (like Siri, online services in general, music, storage space, timely updates to Mac products etc etc etc).