Apple Launched Invite-Only 'Siri Speech Study' App to Improve Siri

Apple recently launched an invite-only iOS app called "Siri Speech Study" to improve and provide feedback on the Siri voice assistant, it has emerged (via TechCrunch).

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The app, which first appeared on the App Store on August 9 without fanfare and was updated on August 18, allows users to voluntarily share their ‌Siri‌ interactions and feedback with Apple so that it can gain data to improve ‌Siri‌.

The app is reportedly available in the U.S., Canada, Germany, France, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, and Taiwan, but does not show under the Utilities category where it is published, on the ‌App Store‌ charts, or via search. Users must have a direct link to the app to be able to find it on the ‌App Store‌.

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The sparsely designed app simply provides a link to a license agreement and a field to enter a valid participant ID number to begin.

Speaking to TechCrunch, Apple said that the app is being used to improve ‌Siri‌ across various products by providing a way for participants to share feedback directly with Apple. Apple added that participants have to be invited to the study and there is no way for consumers to volunteer to sign up for the app.

When signed into the ‌Siri‌ Speech Study app, participants must provide explicit feedback on a per request basis, according to Apple. For example, if ‌Siri‌ mishears a request or identifies a user incorrectly, users can explain what they were trying to ask or that they were identified wrongly, which will be fed back to Apple.

No participant data is automatically shared with Apple and users can see a list of the ‌Siri‌ requests that they have made in the app, and then select which of those to forward to Apple with their feedback. Apple told TechCrunch that no user information is collected or used in the app except for the data directly provided by participants.

Top Rated Comments

prizm Avatar
13 months ago
For the love of god, just get Siri to a place it's usable. Everyone has lapped Apple in voice assistancece. It's really jaw-dropping how terrible Siri is.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
djlythium Avatar
13 months ago
Just have Siri understand the word ‘and’ to link multiple requests. Big update! ??
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LeadingHeat Avatar
13 months ago
I wish that every time Siri misspoke, you could say “hey Siri, that was wrong”. And then trigger her to learn from there. That would get sent directly to Apple (with your consent, that option maybe only appearing to those who opt-in, similar to this program it seems)

That way Apple engineers would know exactly where Siri is falling short.

Okay you know what the more I type this out the more I realize it’s exactly what they just released in this app ? nothing to see here, just keep scrolling…
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
vagos Avatar
13 months ago
Great idea, 10 years too late.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
twolf2919 Avatar
13 months ago
My biggest beef isn't with Siri not recognizing/interpreting my speech - it's that most of the time it doesn't know what to do with what it recognized! it's just not a very helpful assistant beyond setting timers, converting units, providing movie times, nearby business' hours & numbers, and interacting with HomeKit accessories. While it was great 5 years ago, it should be able to do much more by now. I'm told the other voice assistants are much better - but I'm not comparing it to them. I've just used Siri less and less over the past couple years because it's such a hit-and-miss proposition.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
boss.king Avatar
13 months ago

Siri is terrible at understanding my Scottish Accent. Anything to improve that would also be useful ?
To be fair, it’s also terrible at understanding my lightly American but mostly neutral accent.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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