Public reaction to Apple's Siri, a digital assistant originally personified by a female voice, was mixed, owing in part to the product's sometimes slow reaction times and inability to carry through on all requests. When the feature was introduced with the iPhone 4S in 2011, many critics liked the concept, but not Apple's execution.
Shortly after Siri debuted and became known for mixed results among iPhone 4S users, a number of industry insiders criticized Apple for failing to test the app fully before releasing it to consumers. Many said the premature release would have horrified Steve Jobs, who founded Apple.
On the other hand, competitors such as Google, which owns the Android operating system, received requests from customers wanting their own personal voice recognition assistant app, leading many to believe Siri was another groundbreaking Apple tech move.
Public reaction to Siri warmed considerably with the 2013 release of Apple's iOS 7, Siri, which showed marked improvements in response time as well as appropriate and accurate responses. By that time, Apple had equipped the feature with additional information sources, including Twitter and Bing. It also gave Siri the ability to return missed calls and offered users the choice between a male and female voice.