Apple Updates Siri With Improved Baseball Acumen

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.

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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.

Tags: Siri, MLB


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40 months ago

I wish Siri was not so uncouth.

It's "It looks as though" not "It looks like".

Waiting for Apple to deliver a well-spoken Siri.


I'm waiting for offline functionality for basic tasks like 'call xxxx, read last message'. No need to bounce every single request off their servers.
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40 months ago
Siri can do baseball questions now? Wow wee. Mine still can't do things like set a timer without an error. Almost anything I ask for results in a delay, followed by a google search, unless, of course, I know it's in the list of 10 questions I'm able to ask it.

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.
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40 months ago

The first best thing i love in the iPhone is "SIRI".

Apple products make one of the best world in everyone's life . . . i Proud to say, we live with inventions of apple apps :)


Are you serious? Siri is borderline garbage compared to Google Now and even some 3rd party iOS apps (like Hound, that works much much faster and is much more precise, but because iOS is locked down, has no chance to compete with Siri).
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).
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40 months ago
Oh great sports scores, what a great thing no one asked for. Apple really just know how to develop crap that interests them and not what customers are calling for.. The list is getting endless - do I even need to say 16GB devices.
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40 months ago

I wish Siri was not so uncouth.

It's "It looks as though" not "It looks like".

Waiting for Apple to deliver a well-spoken Siri.


I would personally love a bilingual Siri. So I could ask for titles in French with English Siri (or vice versa). I do understand the complexities, but link to "Hey Siri" vs "Dis Siri", you could easily switch.
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40 months ago

I'm waiting for offline functionality for basic tasks like 'call xxxx, read last message'. No need to bounce every single request off their servers.

I wish we could use it hands free by saying custom phrases like 'Oi, read me bloody email you drunk!'
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40 months ago

The first best thing i love in the iPhone is "SIRI".

Apple products make one of the best world in everyone's life . . . i Proud to say, we live with inventions of apple apps :)

If you think Siri is good you should try Google, then you'll know what good is. I have both but rarely use Siri as she's hopeless.
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40 months ago
No one cares about Baseball apple. Siri needs to be able manipulate 3rd party apps
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40 months ago

Siri can do baseball questions now? Wow wee. Mine still can't do things like set a timer without an error. Almost anything I ask for results in a delay, followed by a google search, unless, of course, I know it's in the list of 10 questions I'm able to ask it.

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.


Yeah It's kinda depressing how Apple has let Siri languish. As for recognizing my voice, I'm a bit of a soft-spoken person who sometimes mumbles. But Siri has gotten much better for me over the years. It's rare that she doesn't understand what I said. Now does she always deliver the information I need? Nope. But at least she understands my speech, lol. It's too bad she isn't a real AI. I imagine her code more like a series of simple if this, then that logic blocks than software that is actually learning anything or customizing herself for me. So I like your suggestion of having her be smart enough, or a team at Apple seeking out sources to find answers for common questions that she gets and can't answer. Apple needs to spend a lot more time researching and developing AI that can actually learn and find information by searching the web. There were rumors a long while back that maybe later this year or sometime next year we'll hear an announcement from Apple about some crazy new search breakthrough. Otherwise Siri isn't much smarter than the day she was born. She just has a few new features. Your question about high tide is a perfect example. How can she not know this? Hopefully in iOS 10, Siri will be able to find answers at least from our apps. I think Apple made Spotlight indexing API available to developers for a reason. It's just a pain to have to have a tides app installed on your phone to find the answer to something freely available on the internet with a simple search.
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40 months ago

I'm waiting for offline functionality for basic tasks like 'call xxxx, read last message'. No need to bounce every single request off their servers.


Oh man so here. I just want to add a reminder. Surely that can be done offline and then upload it later?
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