Siri: awesome assistant or secret data hog?

Each and every time you ask Siri a question, an audio file of your query is sent on over to Apple’s servers. Then it’s processed, and the data you’re looking for as well as Siri’s vocal response are sent back to your phone. This applies whether you ask for something located on the phone itself, like reading a text or calling a contact, or if you have Siri look something up online like the weather or sports scores.

Obviously, with only 1 out of 3 carriers in the US offering unlimited data plans, this system has the potential to be very bad. Now, before you freak out about your data usage, you should know that for most people Siri won’t do much noticeable damage. According to Ars Technica conducted a study to see just how much data Siri actually used. Check it out:

“If you use Siri 2-3 times per day at an average of 63KB per instance, you might expect to use 126KB to 189KB per day, or 3.7 to 5.5MB per month. For 4-6 times a day, that might come out to 252KB to 378KB per day, or 7.4 to 11MB per month. If you use it 10-15 times per day, you might end up using 630KB to 945KB per day, or 18.5 to 27.7MB per month.”

Now, 27.7 MB per month, which would mean you use Siri 10-15 times daily, would only account for about 1% of a 2 GB data plan. Keep in mind that these numbers are an average, so some of you will fall a bit above or a bit below. Even still, it seems pretty clear that unless you cut it ridiculously close with your data usage, you should be fine.

How many times a day do you use Siri? Let me know in the comments section down below or hit me up on twitter!

 

Via: Ars Technica

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Norman-Wakefield/592548930 Norman Wakefield

    I use Siri 10-15 times a day, but I have unlimited data, so it’s not any concern to me.

  • Samthemanyz4

    **********PLEASE HELP JAKE OR SOMEBODY PLEASE-WHY IS MY VIDEO CAMERA ZOOMED SO FAR IN COMPARED TO MY STILL CAMERA? I CANT ZOOM IT OUT, PINCHING WONT WORK> PLEASE HELP SOMEBODY!**********iPHONE 4S

    • U K N O W N

      Try restarting it. Hold the home and power putting until the screen flashes. Then check it out.
      - If that doesn’t work, back up your iPhone 4S, and restore it from backup.

    • Anlm

      It’s like that. The only way is double tapping but you’ll get black bars at the top and bottom.

      • Samthemanyz4

        so is it meant to be like this or not?

  • Popperlewis

    im pretty sure jakes just jealous and annoyed he doesnt have siri

    • U N K N O W N

      Wow… Seriously?… You’re stupid.

      • A N O N Y M O U S

        Hate people like you.

        • RANDOM ALL CAPS GUY

          THREAD….

  • Keith

    I would like to know what Siri considers cold to be.  I live in Ohio.  If I ask her, “Will it be cold tonight?”, she replies, “Not too cold.  Low of 32 degrees.”  I don’t know where she’s from, but most people would agree that’s cold.

    • Decious9

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s noticed this. It’d definitely be cold in Cupertino where she’s from. Here in Iowa my low tonight is 25 and I ask her if will get cold overnight she says “No, it won’t get below 25 degrees”

  • Roger Wescott

    I assume that that only accounts for Siri’s data usage for speech analysis? 

    • Decious9

      No I believe speech analysis is done on the phone since even when she can’t connect to servers you can still use her to set alarm, reminders, and appointments. The data figure is for interpretation of your question when you ask other stuff which gets passed to a server in I believe North Carolina and comes back with the answer.

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