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April 01, 2012

Move over Siri, New Male Virtual Assistant Siro is Coming to the iPhone

By Stefanie Mosca, TMCnet Managing Editor

iPhone lovers certainly had high hopes for Apple’s (News - Alert) first ever interactive voice recognition assistant when it hit the mobile scene last April. However, after the novelty of asking Siri ridiculous questions for ha-ha’s wore off, many users were disappointed with Siri’s ability to really serve her purpose.

Instead, we found that while Apple developers clearly spent a lot of time thinking of witty answers to the anticipated questions of comical consumers, the smartphone maker still has some kinks to work out before Siri is going to fully replace personal assistants anytime soon.  

Just in time for Siri’s first birthday, Apple has announced that it will be releasing a new Siri alternative giving users a different outlook on her sometimes lackluster abilities- through the eyes of a male assistant named Siro. Many critics have questioned Apple’s decision to limit its speech recognition app to a female assistant in the past and it looks like Apple has finally taken this into consideration.

Not too many specifics have surfaced yet, however, rumors have begun circulating and according to reports, Siro will be much more knowledgeable with requests regarding sports information as well include a library of resources regarding every beer ever created.  

Potential bugs include Siro possessing occasional selective hearing and memory failures. For example, if you ask Siro to remind you to take out the trash, it’s likely he will forget to process your request leaving you with quite a mess come pick-up day. And unfortunately, unlike Siri, Siro is too stubborn to search for directions so you may want to refrain from asking for help in the event you get lost.

Much like the feature offered on many GPS devices, users will also have the ability to change Siro’s persona based on personalities offered such as “Wall Street Siro” who can articulately inform users of the latest stock trades and business trends as well as “Bro Siro” who is fully knowledgeable of the hottest clubs to fist pump at and the best gels for a flawless blowout.

The real question the introduction of Siro poses is, “Can a male virtual assistant really do it better than a female?” For now we will have to wait until Apple decides to really figure this conundrum out since it isn’t really true. Until then, we can only hope that Siri has been spending the last year studying at some type of educational institute and will be improved in the next iOS update or iPhone (News - Alert) model because this claim is entirely false! APRIL FOOLS from your tech-crazy friends at TMCnet!

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