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Report: Canada will get Siri voice assistant with iPhone 4S

updated 09:05 pm EDT, Tue October 4, 2011

Oddly left out of Apple's Canadian webpage

Longtime Mac and technology reporter Jim Dalrymple says he has confirmed with Apple that Canadians will be able to use at least the U.S.-localized version of Siri voice technology found on the iPhone 4S when the model arrives there, which is scheduled to take place simultaneously with the U.S. launch.

Apple's Canadian website does not mention Siri technology in promos for the iPhone 4S, replacing images of the technology in use with a picture of iOS 5's forthcoming Notification Center feature, and omitting any mention of Siri in the copy. The introductory video has also been editing to replace any mention of Siri with a promotion of the iCloud feature, which will be included. The omission of Siri is also evident on other countries' Apple sites that aren't yet getting the technology because it hasn't been localized.

At the introduction, Apple mentioned that Siri was already set up for U.S., U.K., Australia, France and Germany, but did not mention Canada -- an unusual change from recent history, when products generally appeared in Canada on the same day or within a week or two of the U.S. debut. The actual iPhone 4S itself will be arriving in Canada on the same day as it does in the United States -- October 14th, with pre-orders beginning at 12:01 a.m. Pacific time on October 7th -- and according to Dalrymple's report will support at least English-language use of of the feature.

Also missing from the Canadian version of Apple's website is any mention of pricing. Although the Canadian dollar has been at par or above the U.S. dollar in value for over a year, it has recently fallen below par, which may affect the pricing in Canada. Apple generally sets pricing in accordance with fair-market rates when the product debuts, which can (depending on timing) result in higher prices for Canadians. Currently the Loonie is trading at just under 95 cents U.S. [via The Loop]

by MacNN Staff



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