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We have often criticized Apple for falling far behind Google Assistant and even Alexa when it comes to digital assistant capabilities. Today we were reminded when Siri started screwing up the spelling of certain words by adding extra letters to the correct spelling. For example, when we asked Siri to spell Empire, we were told to write EMPIRETNNORMAL. Even a simple word like dog had the same extra letters; Siri told us to spell it DOGTNORMAL. Given that the extra letters TN expresses NORMAL, we’re assuming it must be some kind of code that Apple uses to check Siri’s “mental health”.
When Siri was asked to spell Cat it came back
Not all words contained these extra letters, but there were other problems. When we asked Siri to spell Cat, the digital assistant asked us if we meant Cat or Cata. Sometimes when we asked Siri to spell dog we would ask if we meant dog or dawg and would ask each other to tap the spelling we were looking for. Listen, Siri, if we even know how to spell a word correctly, we don’t need to ask you.
Fortunately, iPhone users can install the Google Assistant app and it spells dog and cat flawlessly without asking us ridiculous questions. And we tested this on another model of iPhone as well, and the exact same thing happened. Just as Google got serious about its hardware for the Pixel this year, it’s time Apple finally did something to bridge the gap between Siri and the Google Assistant.
Obviously this is a bug affecting Siri and as soon as we hear something new about it we will update this story. Although we may have to feed our dog first.