Wednesday, November 2, 2011

iPhone 4S in Korea November 11th

The iPhone 4S will be released in Korea on November 11th, but it will not offer the Siri personal assistant service that many Western users are privy to on the new devices.  The main reason behind this was the language barrier in getting the voice-recognition software to actually recognize what a user was trying to say.  As anyone who has been in contact with English-speaking Koreans knows, many English words and phrases have been Koreanized, resulting in strange Konglish pronunciations.  In order to avoid any potential future lawsuits resulting from misunderstanding on the part of the software, Korea has decided to opt out of offering Siri on their iPhone 4S models.  This is in addition to the several other lawsuits Korea (namely Samsung) has pending again Apple at home and abroad.

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