According to Tech in Asia, Siri, the voice assistant found in Apple’s iPhone 4S is will get support for the Chinese language next month. However, the initial Chinese support will only include Mandarin, with Cantonese and other forms being left out for the time being. The report also suggests that Apple is also planning to introduce support for Japanese and Russian.
Currently, Siri only supports English (United States, United Kingdom, and Australia), French, and German but in Apple’s Siri FAQ the company promises support for additional languages. The FAQ notes that the company will add support for Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Italian, and Spanish. Support for the Chinese is given without a doubt due to the strong growth and demand the company is seeing in the country. Apple launched the iPhone 4S on partner carrier in China Unicom last month and new rumors suggest that it may debut on China Telecom very soon.
Another important market for Apple is Japan, with the company having presence with users and where the iPhone 4S debuted as part of the first round of launching in mid-October. The company has paid less attention on Russia, but along with Brazil, India, and China, the country is considered to be another likely place Apple can gain momentum.