Judge Shoots Down Siri Performance Lawsuit

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Siri disappointed some early adopters, and now the legal system has, too. The U.S. Federal Court Judge overseeing a lawsuit alleging Apple misled consumers by overstating Siri's capabilities tossed out the case saying the plaintiffs couldn't show the iPhone and iPad maker committed fraud or breach of warranty -- and this was the third time he did so.

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The plaintiffs claimed Apple used terms like "intelligent personal assistant," and "breakthrough" to describe Siri's voice recognition technology, but real world performance failed to live up to those expectations. Judge Claudia Wilkin didn't buy into the claims and said Apple's promotional wording to describe the feature was simply "puffery" and not a basis for the lawsuit.

The plaintiffs suffered another setback in their potential case because Judge Wilkin refused to let them amend their case. She had already let them file amendments three times, so clearly this is the end of the line as far as she's concerned. The plaintifs can, however, appeal her ruling in an effort to keep the case alive.

Siri hasn't lived up to expectations for some users, and many of those may have failed to understand exactly what Apple means when the company first introduced the feature as beta -- meaning it was still in development and probably wouldn't always perform as expected. Considering how companies such as Google use the term "beta," and the easy access average users have to software that's still in pre-release development, it isn't any surprise that consumers expected Siri to perform as a fully tested and finished product when it was first released.

Apple has worked to improve Siri's performance and add new capabilities with the release of iOS 7, and has more enhancements that will be included with the upcoming iOS 7.1 update.

Apple has not commented on the case, and it's no surprise that Siri hasn't, either.

[Thanks to GigaOm for the heads up]

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