Apple’s Siri voice control technology is aimed at making the firm’s iPhones more interactive and user friendly, but a 12-year-old boy got more than he bargained for when he tested it out at a supermarket.
According to reports, Charlie Le Quesne was trying out the iPhone 4S at a Tesco store in Coventry by asking it a question when it told him: “Shut the f*** up, you ugly t***.”
When alerted, red-faced Tesco employees agreed to Charlie’s mothers’ demands that they unplug the foul-mouthed test device.
According to Tesco, someone had tampered with the phone’s set-up. The Siri system addresses the phone’s user by name – using information entered in its contact system.
But it all went wrong because someone had entered the obscene seven-word phrase as the user’s name, which the phone repeated faithfully when it answered Charlie’s question.
Tesco says it has launched an investigation and sent the handset back to Apple for diagnostic tests.