Siri in Canada Hands On: No Restaurants, Maps and Directions [VIDEO]

Update 1: Don’t forget to activate Siri in Settings first to use it. How to get Siri to read your text messages? Say ‘Read my messages’.

I just received my iPhone 4S from Apple via UPS, and so far, the device is awesome. What everybody is wondering about is whether Siri works in Canada. The answer is yes, albeit in a limited capacity.

Siri is unable to search for restaurants and offer maps and directions, and can’t tell the time can tell the time if you ask “what is the time in New York” (for some reason it wasn’t working before). This is because Siri hasn’t been localized for Canada yet, but according Apple’s Siri FAQ, maps and local search support will be coming in 2012 for more countries (via @dujkan). Other languages coming in 2010 include: Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Italian, and Spanish. Siri is still in beta, remember.

 
 

I was able to speak to Siri in a comfortable tone, without sounding ‘robot-like’ and she understood pretty much everything I had to say. I was able to make calls, set reminders, calendar dates, send text messages and emails, and do computations, plus have some fun. It actually works really well, and all those early reviews were spot on.

Check out this brief demo video:

How do you like Siri in Canada so far?

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  • Anonymous

    Can u ask “her” if u can change “her” name?

  • http://paulman.wordpress.com/ Paulman

    So it can’t even launch Google Maps with a pre-defined search query? (E.g. “Siri, open Google Maps to 123 Hastings Street Burnaby BC” or “Give me directions to 456 Kingsway”)

  • http://paulman.wordpress.com/ Paulman

    So it can’t even launch Google Maps with a pre-defined search query? (E.g. “Siri, open Google Maps to 123 Hastings Street Burnaby BC” or “Give me directions to 456 Kingsway”)

  • http://paulman.wordpress.com/ Paulman

    So it can’t even launch Google Maps with a pre-defined search query? (E.g. “Siri, open Google Maps to 123 Hastings Street Burnaby BC” or “Give me directions to 456 Kingsway”)

  • http://paulman.wordpress.com/ Paulman

    So it can’t even launch Google Maps with a pre-defined search query? (E.g. “Siri, open Google Maps to 123 Hastings Street Burnaby BC” or “Give me directions to 456 Kingsway”)

  • Usuaricriticon

    I am determine to wait for Iphone 5.. Siri will kick a@# then. The current one seems a Beta version to me

  • Usuaricriticon

    I am determine to wait for Iphone 5.. Siri will kick a@# then. The current one seems a Beta version to me

  • Usuaricriticon

    I am determine to wait for Iphone 5.. Siri will kick a@# then. The current one seems a Beta version to me

  • Usuaricriticon

    I am determine to wait for Iphone 5.. Siri will kick a@# then. The current one seems a Beta version to me

  • Isnotimportant

    Well when we all get older we can tell our grandchildren from our nuclear fallout bunkers how we were there the day the supreme overlord siri was born and introduced into society…

  • Isnotimportant

    Well when we all get older we can tell our grandchildren from our nuclear fallout bunkers how we were there the day the supreme overlord siri was born and introduced into society…

  • Isnotimportant

    Well when we all get older we can tell our grandchildren from our nuclear fallout bunkers how we were there the day the supreme overlord siri was born and introduced into society…

  • Isnotimportant

    Well when we all get older we can tell our grandchildren from our nuclear fallout bunkers how we were there the day the supreme overlord siri was born and introduced into society…

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Nope. But for everything else works great.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Nope. But for everything else works great.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Nope. But for everything else works great.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Nope. But for everything else works great.

  • Jcramirez

    Use a VPN like HotSpotshield for iPhone and try it maybe it will do maps location

  • http://www.iJailbreak.com Mike McKinnon

    Hope you got your reminder to put on pants. :P

  • Nspector3

    What would a us tourist in vancouver do if he gets lost in the city?

  • http://alexflint.ca/ Alex Flint

    Same experience as you Gary. The “What time is it?” issue is silly and annoying. But I”m glad to see that Apple seems to be able to tweak Siri’s responses from the “cloud”. For example, I’ve noticed that if you ask Siri “Open the pod bay doors” as reported on This Is My Next, it will now say “Not this again…”. Unless I’m missing the reference, it seems that Siri learns as we all use it more and more. Really neat!

  • SgtAdam

    Open Google Maps? Just because Siri doesn’t work in Canada doesn’t mean Google Maps doesn’t..

  • Davebrownhp Brown

    Nice

  • Lopes Kyle

    Gary how bout gettin us a promocode discount on the new aura iskins

  • danlee

    The more and more I hear about the new features in IOS5, the more and more I am getting pissed off at how they would release a half assed system by making it useless for some of the most highly used features in Siri.  At least features I would use on a daily basis.  So far the iPhone 4S is a major let down for Canadians.   Perhaps when they add the features for us, iPhone 5 will be available, and then Canada will be screwed on it again.  Nice job Apple, way to show you care about Canada.

  • Guest

    Siriously unimpressed

  • Kirk

    I for one will welcome our new Siri overlord.

  • slav

    Was considering upgrading from my 4 to the 4S for this but it’s really not worth it. Thanks for the video.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Yup, they’re still on the last time I checked.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    I wouldn’t say it’s a ‘major letdown’ for Canadians…tonnes of people still bought the phone outright based on the line ups I saw. But, Siri should’ve been offered for the iPhone 4 too, but alas, this is Apple…

  • Inter08

    I just purchased an iPhone 4S and I can’t seem to locate “Siri” on my phone. I even searched for it. Any help?

  • Nrcontest

    The temporary workaround im using is saying this “Google search, 1234 easy street Vancouver bc”

  • Inter08

    Never mind. I just found it.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    You need to activate Siri in Settings.

  • Etcetera

    She told me the weather for Edmonton Alberta

  • Chronotic

    The current one IS a beta version. It will get better on the 4S over time as well.

  • Josey

    I gotta say I am more than impressed. I have an accent and Siri is still spot on. It is more than handy for anything like reminders, timer, messages, etc. Some answers are really funny and unique and don’t repeat very often. It feels human! 
    I can totally live without the location etc for now. I just hope they will add them in the next few months. I rather have the main features done well. I can wait for more (incl. API for third party apps). Btw APIs the possibilities are endless, just thinking of what it could do with Amazon (Siri, compare the price on amazon…oh good…now order!) or Shazam (what’s that song?… cool…download it from iTunes and put it on my xyz playlist) OMG!

  • Omarhilde

    There are ways to get around this. You can say “search web for map of ….” or “search web for urban spoon best steak in Vancouver”. It will have to do for now.

  • Mikef2007

    Looks frustrating and you better have perfect elocution or you are going to get a lot of wrong answers. Gary needs to understand you can not have a conversation with it.  Each command must be stand alone as Siri is not sentient. Yet.  

  • Kitneys

    Agreed, Apple dropped the ball with no iphone 5 and now we find out they released siri in canada and it does not work properly!! I guess we just got the answer on how apple is going to run with no steve jobs.

  • Guest

    Siri will not find addresses in Canada if you ask it to, but if you ask it “what time is it?”, it will answer “I have no idea what time it is at 901 Marine Drive” and the address will be right.  How weird is that?  I did it twice from 2 different locations just to make sure.

  • http://www.iJailbreak.com Mike McKinnon

    Remember folks, Siri is still in beta, therefore should be expected to not work right. Update coming in 2012.

  • Jordan

    I think you missed the point. It has not been released for canada. It is a work around like hack to allow it to work here. And it is in beta. And Steve jobs was very much alive for its development.

  • Ray

    Yea I kept getting the same answer…but you can ask “what time is it in ….(your city)” and it works fine…

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Apple clearly stated it is beta.

  • RuhnDmc

    I think all the people complaining about the iPh4S and its problems with Siri not working in Canada can stick with their blackberry and its perfectly working messaging sys…..oh wait…..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GBNR577ELPSLEBDRKEHQHTPCVQ houdini

    The iPhone 4S is a great phone.  Having a speed-bump, a 1080p video camera and Siri make it all worthwhile.  Other than having LTE technologies, I can’t imagine having anything else in the iPhone 5.

    Should they have just called it the iPhone 5 to make the detractors happy?

    Siri on its own would have made the iPhone 5 a great phone.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GBNR577ELPSLEBDRKEHQHTPCVQ houdini

    I agree that Apple tends to forget about Canada, but I have to keep reminding myself we don’t even have the population of the state of California!

    I couldn’t disagree with you more on the other points.  Siri is Siri-ously cool even though it has limitations in Canada.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GBNR577ELPSLEBDRKEHQHTPCVQ houdini

    Siri does work in Canada….  Just not with Google maps.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GBNR577ELPSLEBDRKEHQHTPCVQ houdini

    Great tip, thanks!

  • Flipfuzion

    Gary you made a mistake at the end of your post…saying more to come in 2010.

  • Siri

    cool video, try telling her good night @ 11:42 am and see what she  responds with :)

  • Jag

    I for one like Siri and look forward to its future enhancements. I had some fun with it too – I told my iPhone to F-off and it responded “what did I do to deserve that?”. I then asked my iPhone if it would marry me and it responded “that’s sweet. Is there anything else I can help you out with?”. Hilarious! Try it!

  • Taxis

    or my iphone 3g

  • Taxis

    or my iphone 3g

  • Taxis

    or my iphone 3g

  • Imkman

    Too much bitching

  • Imkman

    Too much bitching

  • Imkman

    Too much bitching

  • Bionic

    I think Siri would run too slow on the 4, which is why it’s not available for it. Dual core baby! ;)

  • Bill guest

    Why would Apple rush to get this working for us, with such a small population compared to their biggest user base in the US. We will get the rest of the Siri features next year. I guess you might just have to find locations the old fashion way, by typing it out manually. Besides all of you people complaining about the lack of an official iPhone 5 name are probably Android fanboys that would do anything to insult the best phone out there, IMO. There is a reason Apple sold 4 million iPhone 4S’s during their opening weekend.

  • Vannant

    also won’t tell the weather. I don’t understand if we have maps, weather, time on our phone, why she doesn’t work?

  • Jordanclermont

    That’s assuming she allows us to live.

  • Iloveyousiri

    She tells the weather just fine, just asked her… and I am in Calgary. Only thing she can’t do is find places in Canada, which is pretty shitty. But being able to say “Siri let me sleep for 15 minutes more” and have her create an alarm for 15 minutes later is pretty amazing.

  • Duncan12639

    It’s okay we’re safe. She can’t find us in Canada. It’s not activated. Yet!

  • Siri

    I find she isn’t used to my voice yet. Alot of the things I say get misinterpreted.

  • Suhel Malhotra

    surpising, mine says it need to alarm a day ahead

  • Suhel Malhotra

    haha thats hilarious! thanks dude i tried and that works atleast!

  • Gunter

    Also, Apple is mainly in the US.
    We have to also remember that a lot of countries don’t have siri.

  • Gunter

    Also, Apple is mainly in the US.
    We have to also remember that a lot of countries don’t have siri.

  • E2e2e

    false advertisment!

  • E2e2e

    false advertisment!

  • olegus

    weather works as well as all the other features. For now all things requiring location will not work. Even if you ask “What time is it ?” It will not know, because it has no idea about your current location. However if you ask what time is it in Toronto, Canada – that should work.
    I found that my accent might bring some confusion, so re-phrase your question using different words, like “Give me forecast for tomorrow” instead of “What is the current weather?” etc.
    For US market all advertize features are working OK. Still beta, so more APIs will hopefully be coming to allow integration with other apps.
    In general, just love this phone and all services it is integrated with. There are plenty of choices these days including Android etc. If you are in gadgets, iPhone 4S is cool device to have. But don’t forget, you need a SOLUTION to your communication needs, hence the cell  smartphone WITH all services with less effort and learning curve. Here is there Apple is the BEST, IMHO.

  • Faesalmurad

    Why

  • Friktionlabs

    the biggest issue here is the word BETA for me.. Until now apple has never released a beta software to the mass population.. this was clearly a rush job to get the 4s out before Christmas.. and SIRI doesnt use that much CPU, it could have clearly been released with IOS5 for the 4, but then why would you run out and buy the 4s? :) I personally love Apple and Iphones, iv had each one since the original 2g.. But now with Jobs gone, i have my doubts on how this company is going to operate.. its now “all about the money” then i see this being a downward spiral in the coming years,,,  

  • Addiction84

    isnt it a bigger step that we were able to even get the phone the same date release as the states,  waiting for this to work is just like waiting for Bell or Rogers to have the original iphone to come out months after AT&T and Verizon lol

  • Jeff Miami

    The best ways to say “Google Maps” and then your address or name of location. Ie: “Google maps Sherway garden mall” OR “Google maps 1234 Main St., Toronto Ontario”

    Hope this helps

    Jeff

  • Dane

    Hmmm…. I said “google map 1500 Howe Street Vancouver” and it worked for me

  • http://twitter.com/Chrome262 Chrome262

    “Other languages coming in 2010 include: Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Italian, and Spanish.” I guess you meant 2012

  • Hshshsjs

    TROLL!!!

  • Emiliabenson

    Why can’t Siri access places or search places in Canada!

  • Riverlee74

    But they can take our thousand dollars for an iPhone 4S 64 GB but I just can’t work in Canada I think that’s not right, I can honestly say I love the features that Siri can do now but it would be a lot better if she could do locations and show maps

  • Alex

    It’s not that they’re “forgetting” Canada. It doesn’t work (at full capacity, at least) anywhere besides the States, so that includes France, where you can’t turn around without seeing 3 or 4 iPhones, as well as Britain and the numerous other countries with huge iPhone markets and significantly larger populations than Canada. The software is still in the works and they had to start somewhere, so they started it where they’re located. I fail to see what’s “not right” about any of that.

  • Grownup

    its a phone….get over it.   want emails? get a laptop,   wanna play games?  buy a console.  want a personal assistant?  get a real job instead of flipping burgers and spending all your money on toys.

  • http://www.iJailbreak.com Mike McKinnon

    That sure is an ignorant statement. Keep it up. Let’s see where this goes. :P

  • Disqus

    best wishes!
    siri means lovve in my language and is just the “first step” of a” new born”, and as predicted by it father/creator and by my ordinary sence; it will be replicated, duplicated, mulitiply in various forms and by companies as many times  as long as we are smarter enough. Also not but not least it/others (factor in mulitples) will keep growing, learn and get more efficient/smarter and precies as long as humans live.

  • jinaraja

    he is very hod prize to large hooo…………………………………….

  • Brendan

    I’ve found an interesting result when trying to use Siri for directions in Canada. When asking for directions to Toronto (I’m sitting here in my apartment in Ottawa) it says – as it has for everyone else – that it “can’t provide maps and directions in Canada.” However, if I ask “How far is it to New York City” it responds: “here are directions to New York City:”, then it brings up the Google Maps directions for the trip from Ottawa to New York City. So why is that? It clearly needs to be able to find directions for the portion from Ottawa to the Canada – USA border, so why can’t it make directions solely within Canada?

    I think this is an oversight. I can understand that it can’t find business information because it requires a search on a particular service to find that information, but, it clearly can already find geographical directions within Canada. It just seems to not be able to do it SOLELY within Canada. I think this is clearly a setting within Siri that, by default, won’t do any location based geographical searching within Canada, even though it clearly already can. I guess we’ll have to wait till Apple signs some deal with some service that will ‘allow’ Siri to provide these searches. Waiting will suck, but that’s what the life of an Apple devotee is all about. 

  • Sholmes2010

    Enjoy the talk to text with Siri….however, if a company (such as Apple),  wants to release a phone into another country (such as Canada), perhaps they should make sure it works to it’s full capacity….I payed for the phone to work completely, not partially.

  • S_wiltshire

    Don’t understand why nothing works for Canada???? They sell us these phones in Canada, but it doesn’t work in Canada??? something is wrong here????

  • Dcumbers29

    When will Siri be able to search locations in Canada???? It is all I want to know. The only answer I can find is 2012, well does that mean January or december of 2012. Big difference

  • Drake

    Or we can tell them how the world was full of retards like you

  • http://www.learningquranonline.com/ Learningquran

    well i am waiting for i phone 5 to let see what they put on new in it

  • Spatzelwagon

    It’s interesting that Siri is a new feature for the Apple iOS and is additional to other great new features but it’s met with disappointment for it’s lack of yet to be released features. Sounds like a bunch of spoiled kids to me. “But Mommy!? I want MORE! Even though you just gave me something I didn’t have before!” 

    Siri is pretty cool and it’s got even more potential than all the features currently available to our US neighbours. Siri was clearly announced that it was in Beta. Some challenges are to be expected.

    Also, would it make any difference if they called the iPhone 5 instead? I mean really….

  • Jessicaxx-

    I agree 100% i just bought the i phone 4s because i thought siri was so cool little did i know she barly works then when i called apple the lady i was talking to didnt even know it doesnt work in canada!

  • tthompson

    You guys are boneheads. The phone will be updated via ‘software update’ when they can do it. Try that with your shitty old blackberries etc. The point is: you buy it today and you can still update the thing when new options come out.

  • Bluesicily

    Verizon has never received an iPhone before Rogers. AT&T had an exclusive contract prior to the first expansion and Rogers has had equal availability since the 3G.

  • Stink_er_belle

    I like most of this application, but do NOT like that she cannot find locations in Canada. She lives here, should learn her way around!

  • Lowedwayne

    a5 iphone 4s and ipad 2 untethered jailbreak is possible and available. im sure its just enabling a plist file or something. im sure apple disabled something.

  • Gen

    Yes, the reason being that the decieved many users into thinking Siri was a fully functionable feature.  d

  • gen

    Awkward moment when flipping burgers for a whole month probably wouldn’t buy an Iphone . Someones upset they can’t afford one. The pont of getting an iphone is to be able to do those things no matter where you are, easily and portably. I’m 21, bought an iPhone and a house this year so whine because you can’t spend a dollar on “toys” and other people can spend your savings account on it.

  • NDWHAT

    Well steve jobs wasnt the only one incharge of the company and the developement, siri wasnt even created by apple orginally, siri was sold to apple and then apple did their thing and released it, anyway apple is a hige company and steve jobs didnt actually run the whole company himself, i agree with the “all about the money” statement though with their product releases but i still love apple, i dropped my ipod 4 and the screen shattered an even though i wasnt covered apple replaced it on the spot for free because i had didnt have it for long and it was my first incident with an apple device and my first trip to the apple store

  • Anonymous

    How hard can it be to serve up maps and directions in Canada? Siriously. It’s a neat toy, but not much use.

  • Blah Blah Blacksheep

    That’s a horrible word!

  • Stuart731

    I like Siri and it’s taking me a little time to get used to. One of the things that I asked it was why it couldn’t find in Canada it actually got information from the web explaining why which I thought was pretty impressive

  • Justineastet

    Want Canadian directions please :@

  • CanadianStar HipHop

    rim sytem is fin

  • Scott

    I love Siri.  But I am visually impared and really hoped the “Where am i question” would help.  But i live in Canada, only a mile from detroit.  She wont tell me canadian maps.  When is the download update for Canadian Maps?

  • Dmath1n

    You have far too many shoe boxes to play with in my opinion!

  • Hot_stuff_knell

    They need to get the mapping part o t working , in Canada!

  • Bake Blaker

    Yes! I agree totally. They are letting Canadians have a taste of Siri till they launch it fully complete. The camera, processor upgrade, Siri reminders etc. are a major upgrade. What people always forget, is iPhone is so badass already that there are only a few upgrades that can be done at a time. Otherwise it woul just make our brains explode

  • CourtneyMcNeil

    I love Siri she’s great and like other have said I’m able to talk and ask her questions without sounding like a robot. I hope they bring the locate function to Siri for Canada soon?!

  • voldamort

    when is siri actually going to be functional in Canada???

  • http://www.iJailbreak.com Mike McKinnon

    This fall, when iOS 6 is released.