Siri Voice Recognition Arrives On the iPhone 4S

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Voice recognition and control was revealed as Apple's surprise feature for the iPhone 4S. The technology, which Apple acquired in its acquisition of Siri, is now built into iOS 5 and supported on the iPhone 4S.
    In the demo, Apple's Scott Forstall asked Siri "What's the weather like today?" and received the forecast. "Find me a great Greek restaurant in Palo Alto." "I've found 14 Greek restaurants... 5 of them are in Palo Alto. I've sorted them by rating." Forstall says "I've been in the AI field a long time. This blows me away." Siri can also return Wikipedia and Wolfram Alpha searches, or return word definitions.

    In addition to following voice instructions, Siri can also read your messages to you, straight from the notification queue, hands-free.
    This Is My Next, commenting on the Siri demonstration, is impressed: "the tech is pretty amazing -- Siri will follow along with your actions and understand context. Still, Scott has to talk to the machine slowly, like you would to a child or a foreign language speaker."

    Siri includes support for English, French, and German -- in beta. "It will be beta at the start; by beta we mean we'll add more languages and services over time."

    Article Link: Siri Voice Recognition Arrives On the iPhone 4S
  2. jamesr19 macrumors 6502

    Nov 7, 2009
    this looks really good, shame it seems to be limited to the iPhone 4S hardware!!
  3. DESNOS macrumors 6502

    Aug 24, 2011
    I don't understand how they justify claiming this only works on the iPhone 4S... This may be a feature worth jailbreaking to get, if it really works as well as they claim. I'm betting Siri got a little bit of training behind the scenes before they went up on stage with it, but it's still impressive nonetheless.
  4. phalseHUD macrumors regular


    Mar 7, 2011
    Digital Sprawl
    What an awesome feature. Just bought an iPhone4 so will promptly returning it for the new one. Can't miss out on this feature!
  5. gmans46 macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2011
    it makes me angry that they throw that in and only on the 4s so that its worth upgrading because honestly nothing else is. either way I'm sure it'll be jailbroken somehow and ill do that for once I'm unimpressed with the upgrade
  6. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    i hope there will be a jailbreak to get it ^^
  7. BlueParadox macrumors regular

    Sep 3, 2010
    Melbourne, Australia
    Utterly agree!

  8. hamis92 macrumors 6502

    Apr 4, 2007
    I'm with others on this, very disappointed to see Siri being an iPhone 4S-only feature. It may very well become available to us who have iPhone 4 through jailbreak because when you think about it, there shouldn't be anything about the new hardware that makes Siri require an iPhone 4S to run.
  9. craig1410 macrumors 65816


    Mar 22, 2007
    Has anyone seen anything to confirm this won't work on the iPhone 4 or is that just an assumption? I really hope there is some way to get this working on iPhone 4 - it looks fantastic!

    (crosses fingers, toes, arms, legs, eyes...)
  10. 0x000000 macrumors 6502

    Aug 26, 2011
    This is siriously underwhelming. They didn't even bother renaming it! What have they been doing all those months? The stock is plummeting and all I can say is: well deserved.
  11. ANDI54 macrumors member

    Jun 7, 2009
    No surprises this time...
    ...16 months wait for an antenna that works, no redesign & a crap gimmick you can only use when it's silent around you...
    Goodbye crapple...i'm pretty disgusted & feeling let down, but not surprised at all...
    Fanboys are so loyal and apple just p*ss on them every time because they know they can...
  12. snowmoon macrumors 6502a


    Oct 6, 2005
    Albany, NY
    I know dictation requires internet, does Siri require internet as well or can it operate independently?
  13. Yamcha macrumors 68000

    Mar 6, 2008
  14. arlo19 macrumors newbie

    Jul 5, 2011
    Houston, TX
    Absolutely amazing feature. Apple continues to revolutionize the way we interact with technology. Thumbs up, folks!
  15. Shrink, Oct 4, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2011

    Shrink macrumors G3


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA

    Reason: To sell iPhone4S's :D
  16. jmgregory1 macrumors 68000


    Jun 24, 2010
    Chicago and a few other places around the world
    Yes, start by taking a hammer to any and all Apple hardware you now own - they purposely let everyone down by not introducing a new design iPhone with a bigger screen and super duper faster processor and 4G speed and and and.

    Very odd that people have such strange expectations - if you want a bigger screen, either buy an android phone or try to get a job at Apple as a industrial designer or product manager and make the suggestion for a bigger screen.

    I'm pretty sure Apple has looked at just about every aspect of every possible spec for a smart phone. They chose what they chose for reasons they don't necessarily need to explain to you or anyone for that matter.

    You don't know and don't think big picture (not big screen) the way that Apple does. If all you care about is specs, please go get yourself any other manufacturers phone and enjoy you got the spec you wanted.

    And for those people who say voice control is available already - it's not in the same integrated way just introduced by Apple.
  17. Aviboy97 macrumors regular

    Feb 3, 2011
    Do I understand this correctly, SIRI Voice Recognition is only available on the 4S?
  18. ade2bee macrumors regular

    Dec 13, 2009
    Josh Lowensohn CNET: Schiller back up, running down the features:

    "natural language, conversational, contextual, personal, works with built-in apps, dictation everywhere, works on 3G + iPhone"

    With iPhone 4S works with english, french and German. That's in the Beta. Adding more languages and services as it goes.
  19. bgcat57 macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2008
    Arriving on the 4S?!?

    How is this different than the SIRI app I've had on my phone for well over a year? First on the 3GS, then after the iPhone 4 came out in 2010, on that as well, with voice recognition.

    The only difference is that instead of adding it for free from the App Store, it's already there.
  20. gmans46 macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2011
    so your saying it'll work on the 4?


    what app is that exactly?
  21. generationxwing macrumors 6502


    Feb 10, 2005
    Well, this about sums it up correctly. If an Apple nerd hates it, it'll be a hit in the market.

    People around here hated the iPod, hated the iPad and just about every other product Apple releases.
  22. milo macrumors 604

    Sep 23, 2003
    The difference is that the version you have is much more limited, they had to make compromises due to not having enough processing power to run the full version that's on the 4S. There was an MR post about it a few days back, you can go back and read the details there.

    So will Siri run on the iPad 2 since it has the same processor and memory?
  23. generationxwing macrumors 6502


    Feb 10, 2005
    How? How on Earth was any of this disappointing? The rumour mill comes up with the most impossible products every year, and every year what you dream of never happens. Every single year! My God, if you haven't learned by now there is no hope for you.
  24. neilford macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2007
    los angeles
    Siri Assistant no longer available in iTunes

    Also, my copy no longer works. Is this app dead now for those who don't have an iphone 4s? :-(
  25. marksman macrumors 603


    Jun 4, 2007
    Seems to work very similar to how I expected and to the examples I was using yesterday.

    Very interested in trying this out. Several different examples of things in the demo I felt would be very good uses of the device, especially when I just want to check something very quickly. Just having to ask for it would be a much quicker and less burdensome way for those kinds of interactions.

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