News Siri in Arabic on iOS 9.2

Published on December 9th, 2015 | by Yasser Masood


Latest Apple software updates come with many Arabic additions

Apple’s first official foray into the Middle East saw the opening of its stores in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. With a big push into the region, there will be growing demands by consumers to see Arabic tailored offerings. It looks like Arabic speakers are getting more attention with Apple’s latest software updates.

If you’ve been on the public beta for iOS 9.2, Siri in Arabic was there in the roll-out. Fresh out from the public beta, iOS 9.2 brings official support for Siri in Arabic. From the release notes, it looks like the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia will get to experience it. iOS has had Arabic support for more than 5 major OS releases, and it’s good to see that Arabic speakers can now use Siri as well.

Apple Watch gets extra attention

As the Apple Watch has been in the market for a few months, it’s already seen a release of watchOS 2. Not resting on the wave of success, watchOS2.1 has brought support for Siri in Arabic along with some great new additions for the Watch:

  • System language support in Arabic
  • Dictation in Arabic
  • New watch face Complications for the Islamic calendar (if you don’t know what are Complications, consider them as widgets for apps that can be placed on your Apple Watch clock face for quick info)

The latest iOS update for the iPhone and iPad is now available. watchOS 2.1 can be downloaded using the Apple Watch app on the iPhone. One reminder is that the release notes clearly mention that Siri in Arabic is available in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Let us know about your experience with Siri in Arabic.

Feature photo credit: 9to5mac

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