As we reported yesterday, screenshots showing official Siri support for Japanese were leaked by BGR. But, if these screenshots are to be believed then there’s a glaring absence of something near and dear to the hearts of Canadians: localization for Siri in Canada.
When the iPhone 4S first launched information about Siri was suspiciously absent from Apple Canada’s iPhone website. At iPhone in Canada, we dug deeper and found that while Canadian iPhone users who have access to Siri she wouldn’t be localized for looking up directions, restaurants, or some local information like the time (although we found a work-around for that).
According to Apple’s Siri website,
Maps and local search support will be available in additional countries in 2012.
With that in mind, we had hoped and continue to hope, that a major update like iOS 5.1 might finally bring Siri’s US-only localization features to Canada. Support for us would require Canadian English and French. But if the screenshots leaked yesterday are the real thing—and there’s every indication that they are—then we might have to continue waiting for Siri to be able to tell us where the best place to eat tacos is in town. Personally, I’m dying to find out!
What do you think? Will Siri finally support Canadian maps and local searches once iOS 5.1 is released?