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iPhone 4S' Siri Assistant Is Missing Some Features Outside US

When the iPhone 4S was released, one of the most impressive features was Siri, the voice command assistant; now it appears that Siri is fully functional only in the US. Overseas users will have to wait for next year update to have access to maps integration.

That means that excited users who try to check for traffic information or to search for businesses, as the promotional video suggests, will be disappointed, MacStories (opens in new tab) has revealed.

When British users try to ask for Siri's help with maps in the UK, the "humble assistant" answers, rather condescendingly "I can only look for businesses, maps and traffic in the United States, and when you're using U.S. English. Sorry about that."

Customers from outside the US market can make use of other features like Phone, Music, Calendar, Contacts, Weather, and Web search.

Apple announced that Siri is from its release date in "beta" and is however able to understand US English, as well as UK and Australian English, and in addition, Siri can understand French and German. Apple also promised that with the next year's upgrades it will also be available for Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Italian and Spanish.

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Radu is the founder of, and has worked as a freelance writer for ITProPortal, as well as having been blogging around since 2004. He is interested in anything Apple as well as gaming and mobile applications.