Thursday, February 16, 2012

Siri leaks its own Japanese language update

When Apple launched Siri, its voice assistant for the iPhone 4S (in beta, remember), it said it was supported in English (United States, United Kingdom, Australia), French (France), German (Germany) and that additional languages would follow in 2012. It appears that Siri herself has leaked the fact that Japanese is coming soon.

Apple promised that Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Italian, and Spanish would be coming in 2012. An eagle-eyed 9to5Mac reader spotted the above and took a screenshot.

Siri says she can speak French, English, Japanese, and German. To be clear, though, a trip to the Settings on the device shows Japanese isn't available yet. It must be close, however, to have already leaked to the UI.

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It's possible that Japanese support, and perhaps even Chinese and Russian, which were rumored earlier this month, might show up at the upcoming iPad 3 launch event, believed to be on March 7. It's expected that Apple will launch the iPad 3 with iOS 5.1, which may be where the new language support comes in --- though naturally, for the iPhone 4S only.

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