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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. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      I don't see why it shouldn't work
    1. rasputin007's Avatar
      rasputin007 -
      Me: "Siri, what is the meaning of life?"
      Siri:" If you live in the US, then work hard, earn lots of money, which you spend at Apple stores. That's the purpose of your life! If you live outside the US you currently have no purpose of life."
      My brain: "Yeah right!"
    1. duromega's Avatar
      duromega -
      Quote Originally Posted by spider_romeo View Post
      So is not world-phone.....
      Do you know what world phone means or not?

      It doesn't have nothing to do with Siri ;$

      Quote Originally Posted by enog View Post
      They announced that it would be like this, during the launch event! Did nobody pay any attention?!
      Even my niece overseas told me Siri only speak english. People aren't paying attention and then they wanna be posting 
    1. aboriani's Avatar
      aboriani -
      It seems that Siri is not going to change the world... just the US...
    1. rehtaehy73's Avatar
      rehtaehy73 -
      Ok just gotta say that I really like Siri. I'm in the US, not planning on traveling anytime soon so not a big deal for me. But, when I do go overseas for vacation I'd really love for it to work where I'm visiting. So I do hope apple makes the upgrades by next year. As for the 4s itself, it's fast and as always is the easiest and cleanest operating system out there. Even when jail broken (which I've had done since the first gen and some guy in a best buy store said to me...it's modified, you wouldn't understand...yea because I'm a girl.lmao. Went home that night found this site.) it's always been simple, clean and easy to use. Easy to fix issues. Just don't get all the negativity on the posts. :/ I'm loving all my apple products!