Siri, Apple’s voice recognition software, is no longer being described as a beta product. But in an era where software constantly updates online, does it make sense to use the ‘beta’ label anyway?
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9To5Mac points out that Apple’s own page describing Siri no longer talks about it as a beta product. Since it has been around since 2011, that seems reasonable, but few users would claim Siri was a perfect or finished product.
While two years in beta seems a long time, that pales next to the five years Gmail was labelled as a beta product. Either way, it seems meaningless to describe a product as beta when it’s a key selling point for a product people pay cold hard cash for.
Beta testing is supposed to be about ironing out bugs and identifying issues with software, but this is often a continuous process, not one with tightly defined time parameters. Using the ‘beta’ label as an excuse for bugs may be a trend whose time has passed.