We’ve been talking about this for quite some time, and today we finally found out what Apple is going to do with its purchase of voice-based artificial intelligence business, Siri. As we’d expected, Siri is now going to be built right into the iPhone 4S, bringing advanced voice control to Apple’s newly announced handset.

During today’s special iPhone Event, Apple’s Scott Forstall showed off a variety of new and interesting ways of talking to your iPhone, with Siri doing the user’s bidding as if it was, scarily enough, a real assistant…

Forstall’s dog and pony show took us through setting new alarms, asking for the weather forecast around the world, and even setting meetings using just the power of natural voice commands.

Wolfram Alpha and Wikipedia also get in on the action, offering users a great way to win pub quizzes the world over. Using hands-free technology, users can now ask the iPhone real questions, with the answer being returned via the relevant source.

The iPhone 4S now also features good old dictation options, accessible via a microphone button on the iOS keyboard. Android users can stop snickering, now.

All the new Siri features are listed as a beta by Apple, and will be available in English, French and German languages for now.

This new feature is, unfortunately, an iPhone 4S feature only. Now we know what all that extra power is needed for!

  • sean

    I read it, this is a awesome feature

  • Lucas K.

    Figures it’s for the NEW phone only. A reason for folks to buy it instead of keeping the 4 if they think they want the new feature so bad. Pretty sure I’ll be getting a Galaxy SII when my upgrade comes around next month. Not impressed at all with this offering after 15 months of waiting.

    • HasanM

      “Not impressed at all” !! +1 x_x

    • stfudvs

      stop being bitter, not apples fault u can’t afford a phone with enough ram to run siri pimp assistant go buy a plastic droid

      • Lucas K.

        I didn’t say I was bitter; I was giving my opinion on being unimpressed. A few of my friends all agree with me, too, and are thinking of switching when they can upgrade. They put one “new” feature in a phone just to sell it again for another 12-15 months when we expected something a little more revolutionized for this year after waiting longer than usual for the new phones. There are phones out there already with similar features and a better design/bigger screen that are the same price as this so why would I re-buy an iPhone with features that already exist in other phones out there and a bigger screen which has been a big want for iPhone for a couple years now.

      • Charly

        you are an idiot, android Samsung galaxy 2 have 1.3 ghz ram and is the fastest phone! You are one of apple dumb fanboys!

      • Supernice

        @Charly .. how could a phone has 1.3ghz of ram??

      • Hmmm

        Usually when insulting someone it makes you smarter when you has proper English…

      • lowIQpeople

        you are a dickhead, people like us HAVE AND IPHONE 4 that we got from apple………….
        you fanbois need to suck on a apple dildo…………. -.-

  • Mathieu R.

    The only good new feature is iPhone 4S only ? I call bull shit from apple on that. They just want to sell a new product that will get replaced soon…

    • Stu

      That just didn’t make sence ? Who’s side are you on ? Sounds like your arguing with yourself

      • Stu

        That just didn’t make sence ? Who’s side are you on ? Sounds like your arguing with yourself

        LowIQpeople

        I don’t know what happened with that post so here it is again for LowIQpeople
        That just didn’t make sence ? Who’s side are you on ? Sounds like your arguing with yourself

  • sean

    This is a iphone 5 in a iphone 4 body, im still getting it. 399 64gb version

  • Chris

    I’m sure a jailbreak will be in the works for us iPhone 4 users who are smart enough not to upgrade…

    • Lucas K.

      They probably made it so Siri will be just laggy enough to not run on an i4 I’m betting. Just so it’s annoying to use where you can just tap a button and do what you need (e.g. weather app, calendar app, notes app, etc.) — the dictation is cool, but it’d be laggy, too, I bet. I guess we shall see what happens if someone figures out how to enable it like they enabled multitasking on the 3G when iOS4 came out (which was *gasp* laggy, too, haha).

      • Chris

        If I had a 3GS or maybe even a 4 I’d not even think about updating the iOS. I loved my 3G as is (was) until iOS 4 came around. Slowed my device down soooooo much that I hate it now. Rendered GPS completely unusable w/o frequent restore. Part of Apple’s planned obsolescence is in the upgrades to the iOS. 2 weeks from now all those 3GS and 4 owners who update to iOS 5 will be kicking themselves.

  • Ty

    Just give me iOS5 for my iPhone 4.

    • Dimz

      +1. That’s all im waiting for…

  • Manu

    Wow.. Its awesome.. How can i get this to my 3gs??

  • Manu

    Wow.. Its awesome.. How can i get this to my

  • Manu

    Wow.. Its awesome..
    How can i get this to my 3GS??

  • Charly

    Not impressed at all!! Android users can stop snickering, now. WTF IDB, you should now that there is nothing impressive in todays announcement, I sold my Iphone yesterday, I wanted an Iphone with a bigger screen and to shut up android users, but I will have to join android as the Iphone 4s sucks!

  • Jacque

    Hopefully the JB community can unlock this feature for the iPhone 4 like they did the multitasking feature for the 3G!

  • inevereatshit

    i find nothing about siri on the apple website

  • BrendonJ

    This feature is awesome, can’t wait to upgrade from my 3GS in December

  • LOLgiraffe

    will Siri be exclusive for the iPhone 4S? I want this on my iPhone 4!!

  • Brent

    Dont know why the iPad2 can’t do Siri it has the same processor specs, No?

    • Alan

      I’d like to see you speaking to your tablet, lol 😀

      • Aaron

        It worked on Star Trek. We’re almost there now.

      • Tom

        What’s funny about it?

  • Curious

    What about voice to text button on the keyboard? Is only the 4s going to get that too or is that in the iOS 5 GM that just came out??

  • RayRay

    You know what guys?…I think holding any iPhone right now must feel like a a Bad tattoo as you regret it as you get older only every year after Apple releases a newer one. Apple’s business model shares common ground with Communism’s stronghold of ” 1 way/ 1choice /1 view” to their customers whereas Android practicing true Free Enterprise and capitalism through offering their technology to several manufactures making millions of choices of outstanding mobile devices vs. Apple only having 1 mobile device the iPhone… I can transfer all my info/ data to any other android device but iPhone users only have 1 choice an iPhone. they’re just playing Catch Up with android, there should be a new term for iPhone users maybe iGroupies? Free yourself and prosper, there is more than 1 flavor and color to a Skittle’s Bag.

    • Tom

      Bullshit. Look at the number of phones returned to store by dissatisfied customers: Android return rate: 40%. iOS return rate 1.7%, seems to me there are a lot of dissatisfied Android customers.

      • lowIQpeople

        thats because all apple fanboys and girls will stick with an iphone even if the screen will not come on they suck on apple cock. man the world is a worse place with you low life tech heads go out and get a life fuck ing pc heads. 🙂 HAHAHAHA

      • Jerry

        Where do get your pulled out of your ass stats of 40% return. What are they returning it for a Iphone??? I think not.

      • Jerry

        In addition there are tons of choices of phones on android so of course people will return phones for a different phone that is more to their liking. Of course the return rate on apple would be low,, you don’t have any choice but to get another iphone. I’m sure the return rate of the slop at lunch in a prison is low too. Doesn’t mean its any good or I wanna eat it.

  • Luis Rangel

    Wait hold up guys the apple website, on the Siri page says at the bottom of the screen that Siri in BETA is only on iPhone 4S, also it says that requires an internet connection. This could mean that when Siri comes out of beta, it would become available to the rest of the iOS devices, hopefully. I can’t see Apple keep such a revolutionary feature an iPhone 4S exclusive forever, that would alienate the vast majority of it’s customers like me that have an iTouch and an iPad 2, and not an iPhone, that’s a very large amount of people to deny this feature and that’s very bad PR. Hell if it’s the A5 chip that’s keeping everything else in the dark, the iPad 2 has one so at the very least, the iPad 2 can run Siri.

  • Bob

    @Luis Rangel –

    “I can’t see Apple keep such a revolutionary feature an iPhone 4S exclusive forever…”

    Dude, are you kidding me? Revolutionary?? I swear all you apple fanboys are frigging brain washed and in love with Steve Jobs and all of his ‘Revolutionary’ inventions.

    Do you even know what Revolutionary means? Obviously not, but hey, thats ok, cause neither does anyone at apple;

    Revolutionary – radically new or innovative; outside or beyond established procedure, principles, etc.: a revolutionary discovery.

    Android phones have had this ‘Revolutionary’ feature for years. Not that the fanboys would know, I’m sure now you’ll all be running around telling everyone how Apple started it all and everyone copied them.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Apple tried to sue all the android makers for ‘stealing’ their revolutionary new innovation.

    D*cks!

    • lowIQpeople

      + a trillion million quodafrippilionatrillionzillion.

  • lowIQpeople

    FAO ; sebastian: you sucks dick fucking low life fanboy i bet they fucking kicked your ass in school. HAHAHAH

  • Appleman

    its funny how androiders say that an iphone comes out every year and its like a bad tatoo, when HTC releases 3 phones each month
    hmm , ironic, isnt it?

    • RayRay

      With better and affordable devices than its predecessors, I like their business model vs. Apple’s ” Dammit, we just came out with a new iPhone…let’s all go vacation for a year, while all our iGroupies buy the remaining iPhones and we will copy the best phone on the market but say it was something we worked so hard to perfect…” I wonder if this amazing P.O.S. iPhone is even capable of 4g LTE speeds? Nexus Prime does…

  • Alex

    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA APPLE IPHONE FANBOYS. WATCH AS YOUR LEADERS CRUMBLE UNDER THE WRATH OF ANDROID!!! IPHONE 4S HAS 3 MAJOR UPGRADES. 8MP CAMERA 1080P RECORDING AND DUAL CORE PROCESSOR. MY LG G2X HAD THESE STANDARD IN JANUARY. IPHONE WILL NOT KEEP UP. iphone sucks and is not the innovator, now they are the copier of android features. they used to be copying new technology and now they are actually behind. i knew this day would come and all I have to say to you is “HAHA”

  • Alex

    g

  • RayRay

    I couldn’t ask for a better example than Apple’s iPhone 4S release. The real news of the week isn’t that Apple released a new iPhone. It’s that Apple stopped trying to raise the bar and started just reaching for it instead. They’re competing for the third-place platform.

  • shisio

    have fun with oh so powerful android device.. well, do they really differ that much from iphone4s’ capabilities? Cause 1 gig ram and dual core is already impressive for any device unless you have apps that utilize or need more power.. do you have infinity blade 2 that can fully utilize that oh so precious power juices of your android device? Do you have the array of apps and games that really makes your phone shine instead of tinkering and experimenting with your phone so that you feel “smarter” and more “superior” that everyone else? Have fun with your cut the rope on your 1.3 ghz,plastic droid.

    • Alex

      1.2ghz dual core is faster than any iphone in the world for at least another year. so thanks for playing but your arguments suck.

  • Stu

    This is such an hilarious thread Firstly apple only have to put out one new phone every year or two because the current phone just works without fuss When they do update it’s always for the better and some of the new functions will work with previous phones. This way your old iPhone still retains a good price if you sell it. They don’t have to give you every new feature cos it won’t work on the older hardware. You don’t see ford or Lexus giving older vehicles upgrades just because the new model has them so stop bitching like a little baby

    As for android. Just one example. HTC seem to bring out a new model every month which makes your old phone you just paid good money for reduced to half it’s value already and defunct with only a promise of an upgraded firmware down the line sometime. Yeah android dealers are looking after their customers well. HA HA. There are so many android sets out there and still they havnt got it right yet. Their app store is a joke and every malware programer is having a field day with the stupid open nature of th OS

    Wow they have bigger screens but fit that comfortably into your pocket
    My PC has a bigger screen but I don’t won’t to carry that around

    So stop bitchen you made your choise and it was right at the time. Something new comes along but why do you feel you have to upgrade every five minuets or be given it free

    • Alex

      You are basing your opinions off of just that, your opinions. fact is, I bought a Nexus One and sold it for 90% of it’s retail value 6 months later. Fact is, Nexus One opened with operating system 2.0. We are now in Operating system 2.3 and Nexus One is still being upgraded.. try to have your iPhone do that. please stop posting if you are going to blurt out incorrect statements. and please don’t talk about bigger screens like it’s a bad thing… I’d take a 4 inch screen than a 3.5 inch screen any day. Even Apple Fanboys would agree with that. and to say that half of the value is gone after a week is plain ignorant, or you are just stupid. and to say that Android hasn’t got it right is also false. Apple iPhone did get it right, however, their hardware just can’t keep up with Android because iPhones come out once a year. This time around, iPhone is behind even before coming out with their new phone. your opinions are based off false information. Thanks for playing.

  • Stu

    Yes Alex it is just my opinion . It has to be I wrote it. I think you took my coments to literally so let me blurt out again, it won’t be ling before your beloved android is valueless but up until recently the iPhone 3GS was still going for almost as much as the i4 , yes a few years on and apple do update the firmware but if it’s not broken why do it for the he’ll of it. False info you say when yours sounds like it came directly from your arse out ya mouth. I’m sure you would like a good 4.3inch over anything smaller but that’s your choise. It’s only a phone don’t get so wound up, or are you like you call others A FANBOISE. Get a life

  • Stu

    Hey Alex do you realize what you wrote

    I bought a Nexus One and sold it for 90% of it’s retail value 6 months later.

    Six months later, well that had a good life spam. Why did you get rid of such a perfect devise, ah yes

    MY LG G2X HAD THESE STANDARD IN JANUARY. IPHONE WILL NOT KEEP UP.

    Well it seems your old ( he he ) six month phone didn’t keep up did it.
    That dual core processor how’s that working out, anything taking advantage of it or does it just scroll pages faster, you’ll save yourself about 2mins a week now for your outlay

    • Alex

      I sold it because I was moving from T-Mobile to ATT for your information. and yes, the Nexus One is far better than the iPhone 4 and it is a year older. and yes, my pages do scroll faster and I can play 3d games twice as fast as your iPhone 4. and no, my Android will not be valueless. and please, check your grammar and spelling before you post. it’s funny how you assume that I gave the phone up because it died. you are so immature. thanks again for playing the fanboy game.

  • Stu

    Oh ok that will school me, your better cos ya gat a fast phone, is it red cos there even fasterer. There goes ma grand ma agen. chillax pumpkinhead it’s only thoughts on a stupid phone. Sincerely get out in the fresh air and avagoodweekend m8
    .

  • shisio

    Alex, stop bitchin about your android and calling apple users as “fanboys” You’re not any different from them, like you and other apple fanboys are just a part of a two sided coin. And by far so what if our phone is faster? the android app market is still shit compared to the apple market. sure you have 1 gig ram and the iphone has 512 ram. But compare them side by side, guess what can you even tell a difference? that means apple DOES NOT NEED 1 gig ram to run flawlessly compared to android who needs so much more.. Specs are just numbers as long as the performance and stability is secured, besides what games can you play with that thing? Did the specs really justify the experience? No matter how much android is “catching up” ..it will always be catching up to apple. And people are bitchin about the 4s not adding a larger screen? What do you need a frickin larger screen for? because android has many? The iphone has yet the highest resolution ON ANY MOBILE SCREEN up to dATE. does that half an inch really help besides making it bulkier? the iphone screen is just about right for a touchscreen device. Now, instead of saying my arguments suck, why not WRITE your own statement against them ?

    • Alex

      well the 512 RAM is for memory that would be used while you are multi-tasking. since iPhone didn’t have multi-tasking for YEARS, that would explain why they didn’t need it. But, since iPhone has a sub-form of multi-tasking now, they need more, and that’s why they are slower compared to Android. Since you are still arguing, please go do your own tests or watch some videos on how Android is now faster than iPhone. It’s so funny how you are calling me a fanboy when you are really the fanboy. Who cares if there is more resolution if you are saying that processor speed and RAM doesn’t matter? Please stop contradicting yourself. And the iPhone doesn’t run flawlessly, you obviously haven’t had one for more than 6 months like I have. They tinker out and that is why all you fanboys go out and buy the next better iPhone for another 300 dollars. AND STILL, in fact 2nd place to Android. http://gizmodo.com/5535502/android-surpasses-iphones-sales-for-q12010 here is a link for you. this is when Android passed iPhone in US sales in 2010. It’s only getting worse for your beloved Apple. take care

  • jeremiah

    “AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA APPLE IPHONE FANBOYS. WATCH AS YOUR LEADERS CRUMBLE UNDER THE WRATH OF ANDROID!!! ”
    -who’s posting immature comments now? that Alex guy is a loser.
    to the guy who commented above +1000. Apple dos not really need higher specs to compete with Android because it is already flawless and runs pretty much the same. More apps, more stable, more experience. and BTW, for those tweaking junkies, a jailbroken iphone > ANDROID

    • Alex

      “and BTW, for those tweaking junkies, a jailbroken iphone > ANDROID” you’re right… You would have to tweak your phone and break warranty for your iPhone to be greater than Android. thank you for proving my point Jeremy.

  • shisio

    If you seriously think jailbreaking will break your warranty then you are not a tweak junkie at all.. it is easily reversible to put it back to factory settings. So simplier than rooting an android in fact. So just shut up and get off this site, this is about io, why are you even here? Its obvious you don’t know shit since you said jailbreaking breaks warranty and stuff, go to some android forums loser, YOUR arguments are the ones that suck.

  • jeremiah

    Dude, even of we are fanboys you are not different from us, just like shisio says, you’re just a part of a two-sided coin so don’t separate yourself from them. You showed a link that android surpassed ios in number of sales. Let me ask you this, how many phones does Android have? Is there a specific phone that beat iphone 4 in sales?, I think not. It just combined all sales of those hundreds of android phone manufacturers. Is that a good thing? To have so many models instead of just one? Not for developers and maybe even some people. this is what makes android lack in support from game developers, they cannot track every specs of every android devices that can run compatible with their game that’s why they don’t even bother at all. Sure variety is good, but choosing the right one, having different rooting processes ij very much a hassle, know in fact that much of them are very low in build quality compared to iphones. You are generalizing the whole android that beat ios, but did the galaxy 2 beat the iphone in terms of sales? stop cherrypicking, there is absolutely no support for your android from popular developers. Let’s see, we have NOVA2, deadspace, street fighter 4, real racing 2, dark meadow, shadow gun and now the upcoming IF2,, have fun bragging your speed while I play REAL MOBILE games..

  • shisio

    yup, real games that show off my phone’s abilities. not just “haha my phone has better specs than yours and blablabla your leader will die” pshh. a guy who hates so called “fanboys” and coming into an iphone site? what a joke. Shows you being more pathetic than those who kisses all of apple’s products. Don’t work too hard just to justify your phone purchase dude, you probably just spend your whole afternoon searching google on how much “android rules and iphone sucks” while we are busy PLAYING cool games with our iphones. And before you reply to that and start telling stories about what you do in the afternoon, READ BETWEEN THE LINES.