Apple job posting could hint at increased language support for Siri

Apple job posting hints at increased language support for Siri

Apple is currently looking for a few good people fluent in Arabic, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Korean, Norwegian, and Swedish to join the Siri team. Now, Siri is not compatible with a few of the languages on that list, including Swedish, Finnish, and Arabic, so it could well be that this is a sign of language support to come. The Apple job listing says:

Join the team responsible for delivering Siri in different parts of the world for an exciting 6 month internship in Cupertino, California.

Siri is currently available in eight languages, with support for several dialects of each. The job requirements also include experience developing desktop software, which could lend some credence to reports of [Siri integration in OS X 10.9)

As for increased language support, Apple wants Siri to be in as many places as possible, so it’s only natural for them to expand their language teams. In addition to new languages, Apple is also seeking applicants that are fluent in languages that Siri already supports, which would allow Apple to expand the capabilities of Siri in those languages.

Siri is a headline feature in a lot of Apple’s latest hardware, no longer confined to the latest iPhone. Siri still faces a lot of challenges, not the least of which are speed, reliability, and competing systems. However, Siri has also recently been given to Apple SVP of internet and services, Eddie Cue to run, so perhaps this is a sign of at least some growth ahead?

Aside from delivering better results with current languages, which additional languages would you like to see come to Siri in 2013?

Source: Apple

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Apple job posting could hint at increased language support for Siri

7 Comments

Let's see, Portugal, population 10.5 million, Brazil, population ~200 million, I wonder which one should be a priority...

The main language is from portugal, an they could do both like they do in english. and there are more american than british. That's all I am saying.

It's good opportunity for Arabic World (I am native Arabic), to actually experience this type of communication. Since we are used to use English only. Well Done!

I'm all for new language; however, I want to see an extension of the existing features of Siri. She does a lot of awesome stuff, but sometimes she can't do what I need.

This makes me so happy that they're adding dutch, especially with me learning dutch and going to the Netherlands more.