Although this has been announced in the WWDC keynote, we are beginning to receive reports that Siri in iOS 6 Beta is now able to find places internationally, at least in certain countries and with limited precision. By the way, jailbreakers can get this functionality by way of an AssistantExtensions plugin called International Locations

According to Reddit, a user in Australia was able to find a restaurant using Siri:

A whole one restaurant is registered with whatever service they use (yelp?) I asked Siri to find me the closest restaurant and it was 26 kilometres away. Yay.

And Killian Bell over at Cult of Mac searched for a pizza place in the United Kingdom:

One thing I have found, however, is that it doesn’t seem to be quite as accurate in the U.K. For example, when I asked Siri “where can I get pizza,” its closest result was around 15 miles away.

However, I know there’s a pizza shop at the end of my road. When I asked for the nearest gas station, the closest result was 46 miles away.

It looks like Apple has just begun enabling international location searches for Siri in iOS 6 Beta, which would explain inaccuracies and a very limited location data.

Siri will come to the new iPad when iOS 6 launches this fall.

iOS 6 also integrates Siri with the new Maps app and introduces a host of advancements such as the ability to launch apps, updates social statuses on Twitter and Facebook, make restaurant reservations, search for movies and check out sports scores, player stats and more.

For a more detailed overview of what’s new in Siri, check out Jeff’s great video overview.

I’m based out in Europe and have been longing for this.

Let’s face it, without international location support Siri is pretty much limited to setting alarm clocks, reminders and calendar events, transcribing messages and dictation.

If you live abroad, we’d love to hear about your experiences with location search in Siri.

  • Kok Hean

    No Asia?

  • Will i be able to use Siri on my new iPad if i update to ios 6 beta?(my iPad UDID is registered)

  • not in Belgium

  • Not in Belgium 🙁

  • I live in the UK and Siri is now able to find places around me without any problems. When asked to find the “Closest Indian restaurant” the system gave me 5 results back in a 10 miles range and the first result was indeed the closest (just at the end of the road where I live). The same was true for other kind of commercial places such as gas stations or movie theatres. Siri is undergoing huge improvements!

  • I live in the UK and Siri is now able to find places around me without any problems. When asked to find the “Closest Indian restaurant” the system gave me 5 results back in a 10 miles range and the first result was indeed the closest (just at the end of the road where I live). The same was true for other kind of commercial places such as gas stations or movie theatres. Siri is undergoing huge improvements!

    • SimonReidy

      Does this mean you can also use the location aware part of reminders? (I.e. Siri: remind me to buy beer on the way home)

  • I live in the UK and have been using iOS 6 beta 1. It does locate restaurants and places, but I’m having trouble making it respond, I have to turn it on and off several times and change the language to make it work for a minute or two. Is this happening to other people? Thanks.

  • Not in Sweden 🙁

  • Same in Germany. Siri is able to locate and also to launch the brand new maps app to start the turn-by-turn navigation. Launching apps works also.

  • In Mexico its just responds for example “I didn´t find any gas stations”

    • But if I say “I´m hungry” it does search restaurants and show them to me 😀

  • IOS6BETA

    if anybody interested to get their UDID registered for a year to play with ios 6 now! email me at ios6udid12 at gmail dot com

    I still have open slots available. 

    But I am asking for a donation of 5-10 USD per device thru paypal. 

  • i know it says that it will be launched at fall, but really ? IOS6 just on fall ? thats a long time ..

    and 1 more question, wil siri be on iphone 4 in IOS6 ?

  • Yes, they did announce this at the keynote but it’s also useless as stated in the post. I gather it’s basing it on Apple’s cruddy mapping.
    Such for a bakery when there’s about 3 in my town, and it brings up ones that it claims are “near” yet are 30 odd miles out.

  • Location support has also been brought to Canada!

  • Appletiser

    seems localisation hasn’t expanded to the context of the question, i wouldn’t ask for the nearest gas station in cardiff – and Texaco is spelt incorrectly too 😀

  • RLst

    Can’t wait for this!!! 😀