Siri functionality limited outside US, but Apple promises updates in 2012

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in iPhone edited January 2014
Though the iPhone 4S launched in a total of seven countries on Friday, only users in the U.S. have access to Siri's Maps and businesses integration, while international users will gain more functionality in 2012.



A roundup of some of the tasks Siri cannot accomplish outside of the U.S. was collected on Friday by MacStories. For example, Maps integration with Siri does not work outside of America, meaning users cannot search for businesses, Yelp user reviews or traffic data.



When users attempt to search for Maps data in the U.K., Siri responds with: "I can only look for businesses, maps and traffic in the United States, and when you're using U.S. English. Sorry about that."



Apple's list of frequently asked questions related to Siri notes that Maps and local search with Yelp are currently only available in the U.S. Remaining features, including Phone, Music, Calendar, Contacts, Weather, and Web search are available to international users, though Wolfram|Alpha integration is available in English only.



Siri remains in "beta" at launch, and it understands English from the U.S., U.K. and Australia, as well as French and German. Apple has promised that Siri will support additional languages in 2012, including Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Italian and Spanish.







For more on the Siri voice recognition technology that is exclusively available in Apple's new iPhone 4S, see AppleInsider's in-depth look at the features and functionality available with Siri.
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  • Reply 1 of 38
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    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post


    Siri remains in "beta" at launch, and it understands English from the U.S., U.K. and Australia



    So don't be a hoser and talk Canadian, eh? -- cause then we might have to jam your mouth full of buttertarts or hockey pucks to shut you up, eh?



    [insert alternate joke about Scottish, Welsh, Irish, Indian, Ozarks, South African, Minnesotan, Kiwi, Newfie, etc. accents here]
  • Reply 2 of 38
    I hope Apple brings Siri to the iPhone 4 at some point.
  • Reply 3 of 38
    a_greera_greer Posts: 4,594member
    I just want to make sure I got this right -- Apple bought SIRI that worked on a 3gs, made it break if you are outside of the US, and then artificially limited it to the 4s? seems quite silly to me -- am I incorrect?
  • Reply 4 of 38
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    Originally Posted by MacHead75 View Post


    I hope Apple brings Siri to the iPhone 4 at some point.



    They won't.
  • Reply 5 of 38
    I hope we'll able to create spreadsheets with Siri.
  • Reply 6 of 38
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    Originally Posted by aestival View Post


    So don't be a hoser and talk Canadian, eh? -- cause then we might have to jam your mouth full of buttertarts or hockey pucks to shut you up, eh?



    [insert alternate joke about Scottish, Welsh, Irish, Indian, Ozarks, South African, Minnesotan, Kiwi, Newfie, etc. accents here]



    Take off!
  • Reply 7 of 38
    dunksdunks Posts: 1,240member
    Works amazingly well in Australia. I'm very impressed with how well Apple have managed the software. I think Siri has a slightly different accent in Australia to the voice demonstrated in the US version. Most of this message was constructed in dictation by Siri, with a few minor edits.



    Still, I asked her to tell me a joke and she replied: "two iPhone's walked into a bar". Indeed.
  • Reply 8 of 38
    29922992 Posts: 202member
    begining, or end of?!
  • Reply 9 of 38
    Sigh.



    Although I likely would have made the same buying decision, Apple should have been more forthcoming with information like this and not wait until folks had the device in their grubby little hands.



    Yes, I know they said it was "beta", but there was virtually no information about what this meant. Obviously, they knew this aspect of it then and didn't say.
  • Reply 10 of 38
    imagine how strong apple's future live translator app will be after a couple years of learning accents and languages from people talking to Siri in everyday language and vernacular
  • Reply 11 of 38
    a_greera_greer Posts: 4,594member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by 2992 View Post


    begining, or end of?!



    Prediction of transcript from a WWDC meeting next summer "Sorry international folks, the new iPhone 5 with iOS6 finally gets Siri right outside of USA."



    LOL
  • Reply 12 of 38
    conradjoeconradjoe Posts: 1,887member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post






    Siri remains in "beta" at launch,






    IMO, Apple shouldn't be playing that particular game.
  • Reply 13 of 38
    29922992 Posts: 202member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by a_greer View Post


    Prediction of transcript from a WWDC meeting next summer "Sorry international folks, the new iPhone 5 with iOS6 finally gets Siri right outside of USA."



    LOL



    not funny
  • Reply 14 of 38
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    Originally Posted by cwfrederick View Post


    imagine how strong apple's future live translator app will be after a couple years of learning accents and languages from people talking to Siri in everyday language and vernacular



    Ha! Pretty soon it will only understand l33t sp34k!
  • Reply 15 of 38
    Worse yet, I liked the sound of the Aussie accent so I chose that voice. If you use anything other than American English (even in the U.S.) you cannot use Siri for mappping. Absolutely stupid stupid stupid. How hard is it to choose a voice you like and just let the software work based on GPS location or by choosing a country manually? Sometimes I just don't understand Apple.



    On a lighter note, my mind went into the gutter and on a whim I told Siri I wanted a BJ...and she gave me the location of eight different escort services in Dallas, TX. I went so far as to tell her (blatantly) I wanted to find a hooker and that request also brought up the same escort services. I laughed so hard I almost drove off the road. I can see it now..."news at 7...Man dies in car accident...last request in his phone was to find a hooker".
  • Reply 16 of 38
    ajmasajmas Posts: 555member
    Don't want to sound like an Apple apologist, but this isn't the first time Apple brought something out that was initially limited to the US market, and it probably won't be the last. The challenge is finding partner services for offering the missing features in other countries.
  • Reply 17 of 38
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    Still, I asked her to tell me a joke and she replied: "two iPhone's walked into a bar". Indeed.



    Does it do the Hal 9000 voice if you ask it to "open the pod bay doors"?
  • Reply 18 of 38
    ajmasajmas Posts: 555member
  • Reply 19 of 38
    eehdeehd Posts: 137member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by MacHead75 View Post


    I hope Apple brings Siri to the iPhone 4 at some point.



    Me too. Why isn't the iPhone 4 supported, anyway? Obviously it's not a "special feature" tied to the new models since not every country is supported. It can't be a hardware issue, could it?
  • Reply 20 of 38
    ajmasajmas Posts: 555member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by eehd View Post


    Me too. Why isn't the iPhone 4 supported, anyway? Obviously it's not a "special feature" tied to the new models since not every country is supported. It can't be a hardware issue, could it?



    The reasoning I heard was that the iPhone 4S has a better microphone and a faster processor. The simpler answer is probably that they want to give you a reason to upgrade, Apple unfortunately is still in the business of selling new hardware.
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