Apple Announces World Cup Content Coming to Siri, Apple TV, News, App Store, iBooks and More

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's personal assistant Siri has been updated with support for sports ahead of the World Cup in Brazil, Russia, Denmark, Finland, Malaysia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Israel, Apple announced today.

    Sports support for Siri in the nine new countries expands Siri sports information to a total of 35 countries, including the United States.


    Specific to the World Cup, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, HomePod, and Mac owners can ask Siri questions like:

    [*]When does France play Australia?
    [*]What teams are in group A?
    [*]Who is on the England squad?
    [*]Who won the Argentina-Iceland match?

    In addition to expanding Siri sports support, Apple also plans to highlight football (soccer in the United States) apps and games throughout the month. Features will include tips on taking the perfect football photo and how to "get your football fix" on social media. Highlighted apps will include FOX NOW and BBC Sport, while featured games will include FIFA Mobile and PES 2018.

    The TV app on Apple TV and iOS devices will feature World Cup coverage via FOX NOW in the United States and TSN and RDS in Canada, with fans able to follow their favorite teams through the TV app's Up Next feature.


    Apple also plans to feature World Cup content in the News app through Eight by Eight magazine, and in Apple Music with featured playlists for each of the 32 participating nations.

    Podcasts will include a "The Beautiful Game" World Cup editorial collection, as will iBooks, with Apple highlighting World Cup-related podcasts and book selections.

    The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off later this week on June 14 and lasts through July 15.

    In related news, Apple's TV app recently gained sports and news coverage in Canada.

    Article Link: Apple Announces World Cup Content Coming to Siri, Apple TV, News, App Store, iBooks and More
  2. FelixDerKater Contributor


    Apr 12, 2002
    Nirgendwo in Amerika
  3. Spendlove macrumors 6502


    Apr 9, 2015
    Cambridge UK
    "Hey Siri, will England go out on penalties after another plucky but futile tournament?"
  4. AppleUser2 macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2009
    Or even get past the group stage!
  5. Spendlove macrumors 6502


    Apr 9, 2015
    Cambridge UK
    Harsh! Have some faith... we do well every 30 years so I look forward to a corking tournament in 2026
  6. GadgetBen macrumors 6502a


    Jul 8, 2015
    The 'World Cup'. It actually includes other Countries from around the World America!
  7. Stig McNasty macrumors regular

    Sep 18, 2007
    Featured playlist??? Oh how I laughed. Is that the best Apple can do?
    I asked Siri which TV channel England's first game is on (here in the UK). There is a choice of two… Siri did not have a clue! #sirifailsagain
  8. jdawgnoonan macrumors 6502


    Apr 22, 2007
    Clive, Iowa
    Siri is obviously not truly AI if every time she will have knowledge of some new thing it requires a press release. If she is truly an AI platform she would pull this "Knowledge" from the web just like she should pull other knowledge. What this tells me is that Siri is a long ways from catching up with Google Assistant.
  9. yanki01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 28, 2009
    "Hey Siri, what's the score between the USA and Panama??"


  10. 69Mustang macrumors 603


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    "Specific to the World Cup, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, HomePod, and Mac owners can ask Siri questions like:
    • When does France play Australia?
    • What teams are in group A?
    • Who is on the England squad?
    • Who won the Argentina-Iceland match?"
    Why is this a thing? I ask with a slight bit of snark, but a whole lot of curiosity, and a crap ton of why the hell would you announce this? I honestly don't know if Google and Amazon have to "update" their respective knowledge bases for Assistant and Alexa in a similar fashion, but I seriously doubt it. Even if they had to do the exact same thing, at least they were smart enough not to advertise that fact. It makes Siri seem as if it has to be spoon-fed special knowledge just to appear smart. Not a good look imo.
  11. TheTruth101 Suspended

    Mar 15, 2017
    The FIFA is the only organization that has more countries subscribed than the United Nation. It is the biggest organization in the world.

    Politicians may not join the U.N. but every country has a football team and they face each other on the field.

    The best game ever was Argentina against England after England defeated Argentina in the Falklands war.

    Imagine that! Now Argentina and the British face to face on a soccer field! LOL!!!! The revenge and it was when Maradona did that goal with his hand and they won. It was called "The hand of God!" lol. That was in Mexico 1986.

    And what about the last world cup? Germany struck 7!!!! goals to Brazil in the finals in Brazil!!!!
  12. SeattleMoose macrumors 68000

    Jul 17, 2009
    Der Wald
    Me: "Hey Siri, please show me the World Cup"
    Siri: "This is what I found for male cup in size extra small"
    Me: :oops::(
  13. Nimrad macrumors 6502

    Jul 28, 2010
    As long as Apple have to manually add and design functions for siri it will never be truly useful. It should learn and understand based key words and be able to provide answers. Why they haven't bought and integrated WolframAlpha into Siri yet is beyond me.
  14. Agneev macrumors member

    Mar 11, 2017
    1 Infinite ∞
    For how many of these features, do I have to change my region to USA?
  15. GIZBUG macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2006
    Chicago, IL
    This must not be marketed towards the US, as the popularity of football (soccer) pales in comparison to the rest of the world. Just look at MLS stadium attendance and coverage.....
  16. Pablo.A.Pucci macrumors member


    May 11, 2016
    All the data that you wrote is true, except for the phrase that you have on your signature.... Identity??? For me it´s just about enjoying and be effective when I am doing something in a computer.... Every time I have to use Windows I suffer, And I found more difficult to connect with what I am doing.

    Greetings from Buenos Aires
  17. tito2020 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 16, 2011
    to late to the game android has it
  18. Thenephi macrumors newbie


    Aug 28, 2015
    États-Unis / Estados Unidos
    Meh. Let's compare MLS attendance with two great leagues: Ligue 1 in France and Serie A in Italy. France's average attendance 2017-18 was only 2,000 more than MLS's so far this season, and Italy's was only 4,000. Meanwhile, France have had a league for over 80 years; Italy for nearly 90. In just 20 years, MLS is in the running with them. Behind them? Sure, that's not a surprise. But the gap has shrunk dramatically, and continues to diminish. It really is time to stop shrugging off the sport here in the US and Canada.
  19. dogslobber macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2014
    Apple Campus, Cupertino CA
    Should probably add that this is the Men's Soccer World Championship to make it clearer to all. I don't see Team USA amongst the roster of nations, which seems strange.
  20. Yojimbo007 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 13, 2012
    Siri is as dumb as it gets ...

    Yet apple is focused on football scores and emojies.
    Go figure..
  21. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    USA didn't qualify.
  22. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
    I ask dates for games with Alexa last week and gave me the dates/times. Siri always behind. :(
    --- Post Merged, Jun 12, 2018 ---
    World Cup is the proper way to write about the FIFA World Cup. No need to add your made up men's soccer world championship title, its more confusing. Team USA did not make it to the World Cup.
    --- Post Merged, Jun 12, 2018 ---
    I think everyone had it before Siri :(
  23. LosLoco macrumors member

    Nov 28, 2012
    Yeah, but Italy and France's population is around 60-70 million.

    The US has around 325 million.

    Attendance should always be held up against citizen per team. And in that regard, the US is waaaaaaaaay behind.
  24. B4U macrumors 68000


    Oct 11, 2012
    Undisclosed location
    And the USA did not get to play in Russia this time.
  25. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Why should it always be against total population? You can then also bring in the size of the country and the density of the population vs. how many teams there are and where they play. Ultimately it's still just about how many people are interested.

    That said, what does that really even say one way or another? Of course there are difference about all kinds of things in different countries and cultures, let alone actual different continents and parts of the world--it doesn't really say much one way or another about anything in particular.

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