Siri for iPhone 4S Announced

Of all the announcements made by Apple Tuesday, one in particular stands out as potentially being the most incredible. Apple fans around the world tuned in to live streams, blogs, and their Twitter feeds to find out all about the new iPhone 4S, a significant update from the iPhone 4 in terms of processing power and camera capabilities. Among the updates is a new integrated piece of software that goes by the name of Siri.

Siri for iPhone 4S AnnouncedSiri was a mobile “assistant” app developer that developed apps that act as artificial intelligence assistants, answering verbal questions from the user on a wide range of topics including suggested local restaurants and the weather. Siri hit the iTunes and Android App Store with a bang in 2010 before being quickly bought out by Apple for an undisclosed amount in April of 2010. Since that time, it appears that Apple has been working hard to make Siri an integrated part of the overall iOS experience.

In the video below, Chris Pirillo speaks with the founders of Siri in 2010, just weeks before the company was bought by Apple. At the time, Siri’s artificial intelligence app was available on iOS and Android.

Siri’s voice-recognition technology learns your vocal patterns and becomes more accurate as you use it. In addition, the voice-to-text feature is available anywhere you see a keyboard in iOS. This means that Siri works as both an integrated search mechanism and a capable dictation system for the iPhone 4S.

Where Siri really appears to show its usefulness is in its ability to interpret simple questions and commands and immediately relay the results to you. Without even looking at your phone, you can set appointments, text your contacts, ask about nearby businesses, look up information on Wikipedia and Wolfram Alpha, and even have Siri tell you bits of information such as how many days are left until Christmas. The closest thing I can think of to Siri in terms of sheer functionality is Tony Stark’s JARVIS system.

While scheduling appointments with Siri, the artificial intelligence will recognize any scheduling conflicts and ask you if you’d like to move one of the appointments to avoid any issues. You can even tell Siri to give you a location-based reminder, should you need to be reminded to get something done once you arrive at a specific location.

Supported languages include English (US, UK, and Australian), French, and German. Siri launches with the iPhone 4S in beta, but will be updated as development continues.

If you’re a current iPhone 4 owner and you want Siri integration, you’re out of luck. It appears that Siri is being reserved only for iPhone 4S customers at the present time. The iPhone 4S will be available on October 14, 2011.

More information about Siri can be found on Apple.com.

9 comments On Siri for iPhone 4S Announced

  • I used Google Chrome mostly… not I use nothing but Firefox since I updated to Firefox 4… the full screen mode mostly… I just put my cursor to the top of the page and my tabs come down… cant do that with chrome

  • I used Google Chrome mostly… now I use nothing but Firefox since I updated to Firefox 4… the full screen mode mostly… I just put my cursor to the top of the page and my tabs come down… cant do that with chrome

  • Although it’s not as advanced as Siri is, the speech function on Windows Phone Mango is kind of similar.

    • Seriously??? I mean whats next  a Iphone that allows you to recharge it after its lost its battery charge.
      They bought an innovative startups app and span out another “hot new” iphone with the app as a defining feature.. actual credit should go to these siri guys than the PR company Apple

  • Although it’s not as advanced as Siri is, the speech function on Windows Phone Mango is kind of similar.

    • Seriously??? I mean whats next  a Iphone that allows you to recharge it after its lost its battery charge.
      They bought an innovative startups app and span out another “hot new” iphone with the app as a defining feature.. actual credit should go to these siri guys than the PR company Apple

  • I don’t think people are truly understanding what is different here.  iPhones have had speech recognition for a while.  I use it all the time when I have my head phones in my ears because it allows me to call my fiance without taking the phone out of my pocket.  Siri also had an app as this article says that allowed you to input text using your voice rather than the keyboard.  What they are doing with Siri now is creating something far more integrated.  The original Siri company could never have done this without full access to all features of the phone.  

    What was before was simple voice recognition.  Apple had voice recognition, Microsoft had voice recognition, Siri had voice recognition.  What has been created now is an integrated personal assistant with voice recognition.  I have no doubt that it is primitive and will take a long time to work the kinks out of but the strength of this feature is the full integration that it promises.  This is an element of hardware and software development that is an Apple speciality.  No one does full integration the way that Apple does, everyone else suffers too badly from fragmentation.  

    Sure other people think of things first and then Apple buys them out.  No one is denying that but the polish that Apple puts into the end product is something that no one else ever manages to achieve and it is wrong to take away apple’s glory for what is a revolutionary innovation that promises to ultimately change the way we interact with our hardware simply because the building blocks have been designed before.  That is akin to saying the Egyptian pyramids are not all that special really, they are just a bunch of square rocks piled on each other, you’ve seen one square rock, you’ve seen them all.

  • I don’t think people are truly understanding what is different here.  iPhones have had speech recognition for a while.  I use it all the time when I have my head phones in my ears because it allows me to call my fiance without taking the phone out of my pocket.  Siri also had an app as this article says that allowed you to input text using your voice rather than the keyboard.  What they are doing with Siri now is creating something far more integrated.  The original Siri company could never have done this without full access to all features of the phone.  

    What was before was simple voice recognition.  Apple had voice recognition, Microsoft had voice recognition, Siri had voice recognition.  What has been created now is an integrated personal assistant with voice recognition.  I have no doubt that it is primitive and will take a long time to work the kinks out of but the strength of this feature is the full integration that it promises.  This is an element of hardware and software development that is an Apple speciality.  No one does full integration the way that Apple does, everyone else suffers too badly from fragmentation.  

    Sure other people think of things first and then Apple buys them out.  No one is denying that but the polish that Apple puts into the end product is something that no one else ever manages to achieve and it is wrong to take away apple’s glory for what is a revolutionary innovation that promises to ultimately change the way we interact with our hardware simply because the building blocks have been designed before.  That is akin to saying the Egyptian pyramids are not all that special really, they are just a bunch of square rocks piled on each other, you’ve seen one square rock, you’ve seen them all.

  • Come on come on … enough the magical mystery wonder tour for CrApple! Windows Phone OS and Android have had most of the SIRI features LONG BEFORE SIRI was BOUGHT BY CrApple!

    Android is outselling iOS more than  2 to 1 and Samsung is now the king of Smart Phone sales delivering a knock-out punch to CrApple …… must be a very good reason for that! The iPhony is all hype and gimmicks.

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