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Not too long ago, I was lamenting about how Siri seemed to be getting worse as the days went by instead of better, as if it were getting less useful the more people interacted with it. Apple kept saying that Siri would get better, with more reliable results, as it got more data (same thing it’s saying about Maps). But in my (admittedly anecdotal) experience, the opposite was happening. It got to the point were I was using Siri less and less because it just wasn’t worth the hassle.

But in the last 8 weeks or so, I have noticed a dramatic change for the better. Siri seems to work better than ever for me. I had complained that when I said “tell Marsha Beckman” something, it would say it couldn’t find her in my contacts and ask who I meant; I would respond with “Marsha” and it would work. Well, I no longer have to play such games – Siri is getting it right, first try, every time. It’s even working at times when I had trouble because of road noise or other background noise. So credit where credit is due – Apple has obviously been working on it.

In another case of things getting better: I reported on my Strata MetaWatch and how I said that it was not ready for prime time if you have an iPhone 5. All this time I have been working with the Strata techs, trying to figure out why it failed for me (and *some*, but not all, of the other iPhone 5 owners). Nothing they had me try worked. But it’s working now.

Before, I couldn’t go more than a couple of hours (and usually no more than 15-20 minutes) without the watch disconnecting from the phone. But after upgrading to iOS 6.1, I was able to keep the watch connected for 24 hours before disconnecting (and at that point the watch was a couple of rooms removed from the phone for an extended period). So it looks like whatever was causing the disconnects was fixed in iOS 6.1. I was starting to get discouraged, thinking that my watch would never be of any use. I hadn’t even touched it in a couple of weeks. But now I can give it a real shakedown and get some use of it, rather than let it fade away from my current crop of useful electronics (and into the junk drawer).

Update: looks like I spoke too soon – it’s back to disconnecting constantly. I’m still working with the folks at MetaWatch.

Update #2: MetaWatch released a new version of their iOS app on Saturday. Since then my watch has been rock-solid without a single  disconnect. 

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