iDownloadBlog reports today that Apple appears to have taken more steps to separate itself even further from Google with the news that Siriâ€™s dependence on Google seems to have been halved since the arrival of iOS 6. The information comes via Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, who said in a note to investors today that whereas 60% of Siri queries sent iPhone users running iOS 5 to Google data, that figure has halved to 30% of queries with the introduction of iOS 6. The removal of Google Maps from iOS 6 had a lot to do with this, of course, with Apple Maps providing 24% of Siriâ€™s answers. Munster was quoted as saying that he views the change from Google Maps to Apple Maps â€œas a slight negative for consumers on Apple products as we view Apple Maps as an inferior product to Google Maps.â€
Munsterâ€™s figures also show that Yahoo and Yelp have increased their share of answers since the introduction of iOS 6, and Munster says that Siriâ€™s accuracy has also improved, along with her ability to understand questions, with Siri understanding 91% of questions, up from 89% back in July.
[FONT="]Source: [/FONT]Siri’s reliance on Google cut in half since iOS 6