Student Sues Apple Over ‘Sponsored Responses’ From Siri


Apple launched Siri last October on the iPhone 4S and has since carried over to the New iPad during the iOS 6 beta phase. Overall Siri has performed well with functions such as searching the web, setting reminders, and even telling a few jokes. But the information that Siri spits out isn’t all factual, and that’s why a law student is suing Apple.

If we take things back to May, it was discovered that if you ask Siri “what’s the best smartphone ever,” she would reply with the Nokia Lumia 900. The answer was relayed from Wolfram Alpha, a computer knowledge search engine. It turns out the phone was given one five-star rating, thus making it to the top rated phone on the market.

So what did Apple do about that situation? They eventually removed the response and Siri will now answer with something along the lines of “the phone you are holding.” A similar response is granted to questions like, “what is the best tablet?”

As we said above, a law student named Sean DeVries will be suing Apple over the false advertising issues with Siri. PocketNow has the full details:

One of our law-student Pocketnow readers decided to sue Apple about this on-device false advertising simply out of principle.  Sean DeVries’ goal is to get Apple to at least change their website and end user agreement to include this information though an indicator of “sponsored responses” would be best during Siri’s answers.  Sean’s court date is scheduled for October 9th.

I’ve never thought this to be a huge deal. I know when Siri tells me that the iPhone is the best smartphone, she is just humoring us. The iPhone is a great phone, but Siri acts like the iPhone is the only existing phone on the planet.

Does Apple’s ‘sponsored responses’ bother you?

[via 9To5Mac]


  • Gary

    these are clearly people looking to sue just to get money. The American Way. Need money? sue.

  • swotam

    Sigh, only in Amercia 🙂

  • bdavid81

    What a joke. Her responses are meant to be humorous, and this student knows it. He just wants cash & attention to make himself look better. Already a lawyer in one aspect – cares about himself more than anyone else.

  • el

    The student may be motivated by making a splash in the law field, but I think he’s correct to sue. “Which is the best phone?” may be a benign question, but the fact that Apple would change the answer to suit it is a bit “big-brother” to me. What if you ask “Which party should I vote in the coming election?” and Siri names you a party that Apple supports? There are various other sensitive issues that a biased answer would be dangerous.

  • sully54

    How is this different from Samsung leaving out key features of the iPhone 5 in their latest ad just to make their phone look better.

    Unfortunately truth in advertising doesn’t exist in the real world.

  • gary

    COMMON. Put down the copy of 1984. You are looking way too deeply into it.

    I think I’m going to sue Apple because when I ask Siri to sing me a song, it sings a genre of song that I don’t agree with.

    This is some student wanting to pay out his student loans the easy way. sue.

  • Kosmo

    He’ll have very hard time defining “the best smart phone ever” in order to prove that Siri’s answer is incorrect and, therefore that it is false advertising!


    To date in Canada at least, SIRI is a joke. If you don’t find the humour in SIRI then perhaps people should not use it. SIRI is by far not a serious tool yet, so treat it with the sense of humour that it is.

  • Have you tried Siri in iOS 6?

  • Danada

    It totally bothers me because when I’m serious I want a factual response. Especially if it comes from Wolfram Alpha