Siri May Support Mandarin Chinese, Japanese And Russian Languages Next Month
Siri has shown many miracles to us and now it may learn and understand new languages also.
According to news-reports published in Tech in Asia, a Chinese information technology website DoNews has claimed that Apple is making preparation to bring support for the Chinese language to Siri on the iPhone 4S next month.
The report said that not just Chinese, Apple would also launch support support for Japanese and Russian. Initial reports included only Mandarin.
The Chinese tech site DoNews claims to have heard from an Apple engineer who’s working on the Chinese-language version of Siri, the clever voice assistant on the iPhone 4S. From this source it claims that Siri will launch in Chinese next month, and is already undergoing internal testing this month. […]
The rumor also contends that the Chinese version will only support the standard Mandarin (aka: putonghua) Chinese, which would leave out Cantonese-speaking people, as well as some Taiwan folk who effectively speak in a different dialect. Plus, it alleges that Japanese and Russian will arrive next month as well.
Currently, Siri supports only English (United States, United Kingdom and Australia), French, and German. However, in Apple’s Siri FAQ, the promise of Siri supporting additional languages, including Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Italian, and Spanish, has been made this year.
It is being said that Apple has prioritized Chinese support for Siri, given the strong growth Apple is experiencing in China. The iPhone 4S launched on partner carrier China Unicom last month and now there are rumors that it may debut on China Telecom in the very near future.
Japan is another key market for Apple where iDevices have been popular for a long time. Japan was one of the first countries where iPhone 4S was launched in mid-October 2011. Emphasis on Russia have been less lately, but Apple is expecting strong growth in Brazil, India, and China as these countries are among the world’s up-and-coming economies.
Source: Mac Rumors