October 14th, 2011

iPhone 4S standout app — Siri — lim­ited out­side US

Siri — the voice recog­ni­tion “arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence” app that is per­haps the defin­ing fea­ture of the newly launched Apple iPhone 4S — was launched as a “beta”, and for those iPhone 4S users out­side of the US, its becom­ing clear why. Siri does not come with the com­plete func­tion­al­ity that it has in the US, des­pite the fact the iPhone 4S was launched in a total of seven coun­tries on Friday.

Only iPhone 4S users in the US have access to Siri’s maps and busi­ness integ­ra­tion. Inter­na­tional users are prom­ised more func­tion­al­ity in 2012.

Mac­Stor­ies pub­lished a list of some of the tasks that Siri does not provide out­side of the US. 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 UK, 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.”

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 US, UK 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.

3 comments to iPhone 4S standout app — Siri — lim­ited out­side US

  • thanks

  • I’ve received my iPhone 4S today. Such an amaiz­ing phone ! Siri is really great.

  • JV

    Siri isn’t work­ing here in the Phil­ip­pines!! I wasted my money just for that! Urgh! I wish I didn’t bought it! FUCK you APPLE! >:(

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