Siri Hints at Japanese Support Coming Soon

Siri on the iPhone 4S occasionally gives a different response to what you expect. We’ve all probably asked it to tell us a story or open the pod bay doors. Another bit of information was found recently that hints that Japanese support could be coming soon.

When asked what languages it could speak (I say it because in the US Siri is a woman and in the UK Siri is a man), it responded that it speaks French, English, Japanese and German. Japanese isn’t one of the supported languages at the moment.

Language Support and Availability

Siri works exclusively on iPhone 4S. Siri understands and can speak the following languages:

English (United States, United Kingdom, Australia)
French (France)
German (Germany)

In 2012, Siri will support additional languages, including Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Italian, and Spanish.

Can I use Siri in any of these languages in other countries?

Yes. Siri can be enabled in any country, and you can choose to speak to it in English, French, or German. However, Siri is designed to recognize the specific accents and dialects of the supported countries listed above. Since every language has its own accents and dialects, the accuracy rate will be higher for native speakers.

New languages will be coming soon, but for now it’s stuck to native speakers of the languages listed in the quote above. With iOS 5.1 taking so long, we expect Siri to be updated quite a lot and potentially be taken out of Beta. Due to the timing of the rumoured iPad 3 launch, we now expect that Apple will wait till the iPad 3 launch (or perhaps till the announcement) to launch iOS 5.1.


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