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  • Siri Assistant Has Limited Features Outside of U.S, Updates Coming 2012


    The biggest exclusive feature found in the iPhone 4S has to be Siri, Apple’s take on the virtual assistant. It’s definitely something that can be considered a “world-changing event" if you can ask your iPhone questions or issue commands, and then have it go off and complete the task.

    It seems like Siri isn’t keeping everyone happy as it was quickly discovered today that the personal assistant isn’t available for iPhone 4S owners outside of the U.S. A number of reports on the internet and Twitter are stating that users in countries such as Canada and the UK are finding issues with functionality that Apple showed off at the “Let’s Talk iPhone” event last week and in their promotional videos. New iPhone 4S owners in other countries are reporting that certain tricks Siri can do, such as finding nearby restaurants, don’t work properly. When asking Siri to do something location based, Siri seems to politely refuse, informing users that the feature is only available to those in the United States and more specifically when speaking English. Issues which have been reported for international 4S users include the following:


    • Searching for a business is limited to US users.
    • Map directions and traffic data unavailable outside of the US.
    • Siri has trouble with "very specific" English accents aside from US, UK, and Australian accents.
    • Wolfram Alpha integration is only available to English-speaking countries at the moment.


    Rest assured, this isn’t going to remain an issue permanently. Apple referred to Siri being in “beta” and they have said in the past and across their website that “features may vary by area.” Furthermore, in Siri’s FAQ found on the company’s website, Apple has mentioned that "Maps and local search support will be available in additional countries in 2012" and "In 2012, Siri will support additional languages, including Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Italian, and Spanish."

    Although the iPhone 4S may not be a full-featured “world-phone” just yet, it’ll get there soon enough.

    Source: MacStories
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Siri Assistant Has Limited Features Outside of U.S, Updates Coming 2012 started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 25 Comments
    1. Lewnsy78's Avatar
      Lewnsy78 -
      NOOOOOOOO i was only really getting the 4s for this feature oh well i suppose 2012 isnt that far away still getting my new iphone on 21st october!!
    1. Akshay Masand's Avatar
      Akshay Masand -
      Quote Originally Posted by Lewnsy78 View Post
      NOOOOOOOO i was only really getting the 4s for this feature oh well i suppose 2012 isnt that far away still getting my new iphone on 21st october!!
      Which country do you live in?
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Figured those type of things wouldn't work where I live anyway.
    1. spider_romeo's Avatar
      spider_romeo -
      So is not world-phone.....
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      I still enjoy my iPhone 4S
    1. carlbgc's Avatar
      carlbgc -
      Unlike Apple to release something that is unfinished.I suppose they needed SOMETHING decent to help sell the 4S in the US, so they rushed it out.
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      They did say "beta" at the keynote
    1. enog's Avatar
      enog -
      They announced that it would be like this, during the launch event! Did nobody pay any attention?!
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      No maps of traffic? are you serious? I can get maps and traffic on google maps on my iphone in Canada, so why can't siri just read it to me?
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      I am sure this will be changed in short time, although "short" to Apple may mean something very different than what it means to the averae Joe.
    1. iLoveWindows&iPhone's Avatar
      iLoveWindows&iPhone -
      Quote Originally Posted by Akshay Masand View Post

      Siri seems to politely refuse"
      Hahaha. Come on guys at least Siri is polite about it!! Ha
    1. titoem's Avatar
      titoem -
      You can use Voice Actions works great
    1. trigun989's Avatar
      trigun989 -
      and the main reason why ppl buy the 4s is not even working lol. gj releasing an unfinished product apple
    1. Lombardo Joe's Avatar
      Lombardo Joe -
      Wow... That's a bummer. I mean, I'm happy with my 4s but I'd be kinda pissed outside the US.
    1. rbrinks711's Avatar
      rbrinks711 -
      ask siri what her favorite color is
    1. PoEtikly's Avatar
      PoEtikly -
      Quote Originally Posted by Lewnsy78 View Post
      NOOOOOOOO i was only really getting the 4s for this feature oh well i suppose 2012 isnt that far away still getting my new iphone on 21st october!!
      LISTEN PEOPLE!!!! Siri is NOT NEW! I've had the app for more than a year (of course it is now useless on my i4, because upon launch it now says "sorry, I'm at home with the 4s now". It is NOT at all NEW nor is it everything Apple makes it out to be. Yes it's cool how it will pull up the type of restaurants you want or the closest gas station but my ATT Navigator does the same thing. As for the texting voice recognition feature.....um, JUNK! It never worked and unless they completely redesigned it, which I've seen they haven't, don't let it be your buying point, because Siri is not worth 199, 299, or 399. If anything buy for the dual core and 64 GB (really? I can't fill up my 32 GB and I have a massive amount of music, pictures, apps, and cydia installs).
    1. Lombardo Joe's Avatar
      Lombardo Joe -
      Quote Originally Posted by rbrinks711 View Post
      ask siri what her favorite color is
      Haha nice.

      Hahaha dude, ask her "What is the meaning of life."
    1. d_animality's Avatar
      d_animality -
      By 2012?? Thats another year and nex gen iphone will be out..id just go for that
    1. Bluemoldycheeze88's Avatar
      Bluemoldycheeze88 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Lombardo Joe View Post
      Haha nice.

      Hahaha dude, ask her "What is the meaning of life."
      It's not a her or he. I have asked and it said none.
    1. ahmedosa's Avatar
      ahmedosa -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      No maps of traffic? are you serious? I can get maps and traffic on google maps on my iphone in Canada, so why can't siri just read it to me?
      I guess it will work in Canada with no problems