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Siri: Maps and Local Search for International Customers Coming in 2012

As we noted on our iPhone launch article, international iPhone 4S users are noticing that Siri won't provide them with Map or local business search information. Those features were demoed by Apple during the keynote but are limited to the U.S. market only.

Apple's Siri FAQ (via @dujkan) reveals that international support for those features won't be available until 2012:
Maps and local search support will be available in additional countries in 2012.

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33 months ago
Does the word "Beta" ring a bell? They said from the very beginning that it was beta and wouldn't be feature full at launch.
Rating: 20 Positives
33 months ago
and with more languages too i hope
Rating: 16 Positives
33 months ago

Was there any disclaimer stating this? You'd have thought that a company with such vast resources would have been able to offer US and international support from day one.

Kind of lame to see 4S not supporting from the beginning considering they had enough time...

It's beta software. All the other Siri features work in several languages apart from Maps and Yelp integration. Apple is a US-focused corporation so don't be surprised when certain features come out here first.
Rating: 14 Positives
33 months ago
Good thing I didn't buy mine for Siri. I guess all the people who keep downranking me because I don't find Siri the 2nd coming need to chill a bit.

It's a beta version of software that is better voice control. If you bought the phone simply for that, I don't know what to say. I'm in it for the A5 processor and better camera myself.
Rating: 12 Positives
33 months ago
I thought Apple doesn't release things until it "just works"??
Rating: 11 Positives
33 months ago
Apple stated in the announcement that local businesses was US only at launch.
Rating: 10 Positives
33 months ago
Kind of lame to see 4S not supporting from the beginning considering they had enough time...
Rating: 8 Positives
33 months ago
Hehe, nice omission by Apple to let everyone know... It makes siri that much more useless for people who were hoping to use it outside of the US.
Rating: 8 Positives
33 months ago

By several you mean 3 right ? French, German, English. As long as you don't have a strong accent. :D

Again folks : Siri = Voice control on steroids. Not the 2nd coming. Don't let it get you down.

Please read up more on Artificial Intelligence including Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning and Computer Vision. Maybe you'll understand more.

Professors from MIT/Stanford/Berkeley/CMU/Cornell have been unrelentingly congratulating Apple for so much progress in AI and all you could come up with was voice control.

Rating: 7 Positives
33 months ago

Hehe, nice omission by Apple to let everyone know... It makes siri that much more useless for people who were hoping to use it outside of the US.

This was listed on the relevant slide in the keynote and is on Apple's website. Reading brings knowledge.



Couldn't they have emphasised that in the keynote itself? I mean one of the prime tasks Siri handles is location specific search and maps. What's the point of this?


It's definitely one of the biggest revolutions in the history of Apple. Some people definitely have the foresight to realise that. I agree it is beta, but the field specific control is unbelievable and is one of the most important user interfaces Apple has successfully implement including the mouse and the multi-touch technology.

And all people are alike? Duh!

It WAS mentioned in the keynote (go watch it and look at the slides) AND is mentioned on Apples site.


But if you were in the UK and was looking forward to using Siri, I'm sure you would be as disappointed as the many here are.

Surely Siri utilizes search engine and google maps to find locations and such, therefore it's hard to see why something that works in the USA wouldn't work outside on devices which have internet access and maps installed.

BETA excuses dodgy responses from Siri, it hardly justifies the complete disregard for France, Germany and UK who all are sharing the same launch day as the USA. If Europe is seen as enough of a priority to justify a simultaneous launch, surely the one true 'killer' feature of the iPhone 4S should have deserved the same. Heck they've had enough time.

If you were in the UK (as I am) and bothered to pay attention to the keynote and read Apples site, then you'd know this function wasn't yet available anywhere outside US for the moment.

Really folks, Apple had this in their keynote AND on their site. Anyone complaining it is an omission simply didn't read the product info properly. I look forward to having it on my phone, but until then Siri is still bloody awesome.


But your giving it your best shot ?

It would be interesting to see the responses if Siri had launched with European localization support and not USA what the reactions would have been. :rolleyes:

The users there probably would have read the product info before purchasing.



Final Cut Pro X


iOS5 (Grinding my iPad 1 to a halt)


Siri not working anywhere but the states properly, even google admitted to that one!!!

= FAIL!!!

Go on Tim, give them all extra time off

PS I'm one of the most outspoken fanboys and I'm sitting here with my head in my hands

PPS Did I mention that iOS5 has put/taken a whopping 5.5GB on the illusive 'other' form/onto the capacity of hundreds if not thousands of devices... including mine heres the link


Final Cut Pro X rocks. It's opened up professional level editing tools to amateurs and made it even easier for amateurs to use. Let's not get into that debate though.

iPad was is an old device. New software will slow old devices down. Tis the way of the world now I'm afraid.

Siri works just fine for me. Maps isn't supported but then, they said in the keynote that it was US only and it IS beta software.


This has been a catastrophe from the start for a lot of Apples users... From freezing/bricking devices, to eating up capacity , through to making iPad 1's run as though they're working through treacle, and don't get me started on the iCloud scenario that makes Mobile Me look like a well oiled machine..

A big sell of the iPhone 4S was Siri, in almost every form of PR event, the launch, advertising and not ONCE was this mentioned. Neither is it on a 4S packaging. Apple want to hide bihind the Beta badge, disgusting.

Mentioned in the keynote AND on their site. Sorry to take away your only leg.

Remember: For every user complaining, there's about 100 loving their product and having no problems at all. This forum, and the Apple forum, are not reflective of the world.
Rating: 7 Positives

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