Steve Jobs was top of the flops, says Apple's Tim Cook
And Siri, is it true you're getting smarter?
Amid warm fuzzy words about how popular and loved Apple is, how popular and loved Siri is, and the wonders of the iPad, Apple CEO Tim Cook, speaking at the D10 tech conference, dropped a few hints about the future of his Foxconn-rebranding company.
He told Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher that he was "amazed" by what Apple's engineers were working on, and that an IQ boost for Siri would be a big part of that.
The update coming to Siri - the voice-controlled search engine for the iPhone 4S - will be "profound", he said. The fruity tech titan is the subject of a class-action lawsuit from some 4S owners unhappy with its performance, but Cook was accepting no criticisms: "Customers love it, it's one of the most popular features of iPhone 4S which is our most popular phone - the most popular, best-selling phone in the world."
Describing voice recognition as an old technology, Cook said that the innovation to Siri would be from an intelligence boost rather than improved recognition software:
It's not the voice recognition, it's the understanding, it's the AI.
We've got some cool ideas about what Siri can do and we have a lot of people working on this, and I think you'll be really pleased with some of the things you'll see over the coming months.
Asked whether the voice interface was critical to the iPhone, Cook said:
Siri has proven to us that people want to relate to the phone in different way. There wasn't a lot of invention in the input.
In other parts of the interview Cook sidestepped questions as to why the iTunes social network Ping flopped and what the Apple TV will be like if it ever damn well turns up, Cook also gave a moving testament to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs's tendency or "art" of flip-flopping:
He would flip on something so fast that you would forget that he was the one who was taking the 180 polar position the day before.
It was an art. And you would never know that he thought the opposite. I saw it daily. And this is a gift. This is a gift because things do change. It takes courage to change. And courage to say, I'm now wrong.
According to Walter Isaacson's 900-page biography of Steve Jobs, the billionaire biz baron very rarely said he was wrong. However, Tim knows better than we do.
Cook doesn't quite have the reality distortion forcefield that Jobs had, but he speaks well and is more than capable of singing, tunefully, off the Apple song sheet. ®
Re: Situation normal
I have to say I honestly don't get this "Foxconn rebranding" meme. If that's true, then pretty much every hardware company is an "[insert factory name here] rebranding" company, and should be referred to as such, unless they have their own factories, which they don't these days. If it's because of that story where Foxconn offered to design stuff for other companies, have you considered that Apple presumably hasn't actually taken them up on that offer? Apple seems to have their own engineers and designers--what, exactly, do you suppose they're doing? (Other than losing things in bars.) I mean, surely Sir Jony at least does something aside from galavanting around getting knighted and whatnot.
The Register is my favourite Out-Law.com re-branding company.
Foxconn rebranding . check
Fruity tech. check
Reality distortion field. check.
Nothing to see here, move along now.
Remind me not to eat anything *your* cook prepares... :-O
"It will always be shite, and cooks a knob head."
Why does it cook a knob head (ouch!), and how did you find out about this disturbing-sounding activity?
Is this something to do with cannibalism? Or is it merely some obscure new insult (a la saying that something does unnatural things with quadrupeds to mean that it's lousy or one hates it)?
Or is it just that you inadvertantly showed us why grammar and capitalisation are important?
Re: So long as they have...
Not to mention the idiots who write comments about how incredible Apple's products are