One of my favorite to-do apps for iPhone, iPad, and Mac (and Apple Watch) is 2Do.app. I love it. 2Do works well, handles many lists, tasks, and sub-tasks, plus, it synchronizes between devices better than Reminders (use Dropbox instead).
2Do is an adult app; more complex than Reminders, but better suited for those of us who want to get something done and keep track of many projects and tasks. Reminders remains a child. Likewise, Siri remains a child and needs to grow up.
Google gets plenty of flack from politicians, critics, and competitors because search engine results often favor Google’s own products first. Likewise, Apple’s Siri favors Reminders over any other to-do list or task manager I’ve tried; especially on iPhone and iPad.
Try to open 2Do by telling Siri “Open 2Do.” Siri seems to hear two do and too do and two due and to do and doo doo and spring into action without actually opening the 2Do.app. Setting any kind of reminder to to-do item defaults first to Reminders.
That’s wrong. Siri needs to grow up and become an adult. An adult star. After all, the single most used talking
intelligent assistant on smartphones, tablets, and PCs is, well, Siri. The child Siri.
It’s not that Siri is stupid. Siri’s IQ is high. Even compared to Google’s Assistant (the adolescent in the group), Amazon’s Alexa, and Microsoft’s Cortana, Siri scores well, and understands inquiries 99-percent of the time, but only answers correctly 78-percent of the time.
That sounds like an elementary school kid to me. What does Siri need?
Offline Mode – Yes, most of the time our iPhones are online, but Siri lives on Mac and iPad, too. An offline mode would make a big difference between Siri and competitors.
Voice Recognition – No, not just the ability to recognize “Hey, Siri…” with anybody’s voice; but to have the ability to recognize my voice over another voice. Apple owns Shazam; surely that technology is available.
Siri vs. Spot – Siri is an OK name; perhaps better than Google Assistant, more well known than any other talking assistant, but why not give us the option to call Siri something else. Spot would be OK. So would T Rex or T Rump or my mother-in-law’s name.
Siri Everywhere – Microsoft wanted Windows to be everywhere, so why isn’t Siri everywhere? Siri on iPhone does not have the same functionality as Siri on HomePod or Mac. Amazon has done a good job putting Alexa onto third party devices. Apple could do the same with Siri.
Train Siri – Yes, Apple has a way to train Siri, but no matter how many times I tell Siri that “to do” or “two do” is not 2Do.app, she just doesn’t listen. That’s how a child behaves. It may understand but it has not learned.
When Siri grows up it could become a star.