That I get. But I am of the belief that when there's too much choice, decisions don't get made. So we'll all have the apps that we absolutely need to get tasks done. But there's probably going to be the point where the number starts to decrease because people won't want OR know what to do with the overflow of apps.
I'm not sure we'll get to the point soon where apps aren't important. Think about all the things you wish your tablet and/or tablet could do, but can't. Developers will be constantly refining and advancing existing apps and trying to come up with new, useful ones.
I grew up in New York, and when I went to Northwestern for my M.S. in Journalism in broadcasting, I heard myself for the first time on the radio (and even did a brief radio show). I was horrified at my New York accent, and immediately began to try to reduce it. My efforts were sometimes rather comical to my New York friends back home, but I figure (hope against hope) that I've eliminated 80 or 90 percent of it. But it's still around, and sometimes I can hear it burst forth polluting my speech -- like throwing Ripple into my Romanée-Conti -- much to my chagrin.
Perhaps Siri is very finicky about voices. Maybe certain inflections -- accented or not -- just screw up Siri. I could be completely wrong, of course. I assume Siri is a beta product that has a lot to learn.
I think it's possible simply because as Robert mentioned, there's so much saturation with apps now. There's no exclusivitiy or edge anymore. There literally is an app for everything. In that case, I can see how, in the next 2-3 years, people will start to turn a deaf ear to new apps. It'll get to a stage where the response might be "What's the point?"
I will just weigh in to say that, in my experience, asking Siri to understand what I'm saying is not easier than using the iPhone's keyboard. This may be because of my slighhhttttt accent, but it may also be because Siri isn't up to snuff.
I wouldn't be surprised if the next iPad in 2013 offers the complete version of Siri, although I wonder if Siri on an iPad wouldn't be used as frequently as on an iPhone (assuming it works on the iPhone!). People ask Siri questions on the go with their iPhone, but they are unlikely to carry an iPad walking down the street and speaking to Siri.
The accuracy varies based on who is writing the review. Some people trash it, and, yes, it's not 100 percent accurate. I guess it's a question of a person's accent, speed of speaking, clarity, etc. I'm finding it useful. I sort of weigh which is faster: using the keyboard or dictating.
When the keyboard pops up for an app, there's a microphone icon on the left. Tap the icon, begin speaking, and tap it again when you're finished. Your words go to Apple's server (you need an Internet connection), and in a few seconds, the entire text appears. So it's not word-by-word; it occurs all at once.
Siri also recognizes some formatting terms. For example, to use Siri for this reply, I'd say:
"Hi Mary Jander comma. New paragraph, new paragraph. The accuracy varies...."
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