Originally acquired by Apple in April 2010, Siri is the voice control “intelligent personal assistant and knowledge navigator” (according to Wikipedia) that was first supported on the iPhone 4S. Its evolution has not been a completely smooth ride, however. While steering clear of the condemnation handed out to Apple’s Maps app a couple of years later, there have still been some issues with the feature.
Apple was clearly aware of the bugs, server errors and lengthy processing times and has kept Siri in beta for the last couple of years, while slowly working to improve the service.
But no longer. With the forthcoming release of iOS 7 (18 September), it appears that a fully fledged Siri will finally by stretching her wings and flying. Unaided.
Siri 2013 now boasts support for several new languages, has been granted a redesign of her user interface and has all-new voices.
9to5mac notes that Apple seems to believe Siri is finally capable of standing on her own two feet and has dropped all beta references on its Siri webpages. Those pages now simply proclaim, “Siri is available on iPhone 4s or later, iPad with Retina display, iPad mini and iPod touch (5th generation) and requires internet access. Siri may not be available in all languages or in all areas, and features may vary by area. Cellular data charges may apply.”
Apple has also whisked away its Siri FAQs website, confident in the ability of the “beautiful woman who leads you to victory” (which is what that Norwegian name means, apparently) to do just that.
by Macworld Australia staff