Apple to Add Support For Chinese And Japanese To Siri Next Month?

As you may know, SiriiPhone 4S’ personal assistant feature can currently understand and speak in English (United States, United Kingdom, Australia), French (France), German (Germany).

Apple has announced that it plans to add support for Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Italian, and Spanish to Siri in 2012.

Tech in Asia now reports that according to Chinese tech site DoNews, Apple is planning to add support for Chinese to Siri next month. According to their sources, it is already undergoing internal testing this month.

In addition to understanding and speaking in Chinese, Apple will also add Maps and local search support for Siri in China, which should come as good news to users. Currently, Maps and local search support is available only to users in the U.S.

Tech in Asia goes on to add:

The rumor also contends that the Chinese version will only support the standard Mandarin (aka: putonghua) Chinese, which would leave out Cantonese-speaking people, as well as some Taiwan folk who effectively speak in a different dialect. 

The report also claims that Apple will also add support for Japanese and Russian languages to Siri next month. Please note that DoNews does not have a track record when it comes to Apple related rumors so take this with a pinch of salt.

[DoNews via Tech in Asia]