Apple has responded to those participating in a class-action suit accusing the company of deceptive advertising around Siri‘s capabilities, arguing the complainers are simply out to make money, reports “SlashGear” (http://macte.ch/6zTrF).
Siri is Apple’s voice-activated “personal assistant” that was introduced with the iPhone 4S. Here’s Apple’s description of Siri: “Siri on iPhone 4S lets you use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, and more. Ask Siri to do things just by talking the way you talk. Siri understands what you say, knows what you mean, and even talks back.”
In a new, filed motion to dismiss the suit, Apple suggests that rather than having legitimate issues with the accuracy of the “beta” virtual personal assistant system on the iPhone, those taking part in the class-action motion can only give vague indications of how Siri has let them down, notes “SlashGear.”
In March a man named Frank Fazio sued Apple, claiming the voice-activated Siri assistant on the iPhone 4S doesn’t work as advertised, and is just a ploy to lure customers to buy a more expensive iPhone, a man claims in a federal class action, as reported by the “Courthouse News Service” (http://www.courthousenews.com/2012/03/07/44470.htm).
Fazio sued Apple on behalf of consumers who bought the iPhone 4S because commercials made the voice-activated Siri feature seem easy to use for a variety of tasks. The class action says claims about the Siri feature are fundamentally false and misleading.
Fazio seeks restitution, statutory and compensatory damages for intentional misrepresentation, negligent misrepresentation, breach of warranty, unfair competition and violations of California consumer law, according to the “Courthouse News Service.”