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Siri gets pulled out of beta at last with iOS 7

Siri will finally emerge from its beta testing phase with iOS 7, nearly two years after it launched in 2011.

Apple has been slowly improving its voice controlled personal assistant over the past two years, but it seems that iOS 7 will be the first time Siri comes without a beta testing tag.

Launching as part of the iPhone 4S experience, Siri was plagued by software bugs, a pretty naff voice and unreliable servers, which hasn’t been completely rectified over the years, despite Apple adding additional voice support and other new capabilities.

Since its launch, Siri has never quite managed to shake off that beta testing phase though, until now.

“Siri is available in Beta only on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad with Retina Display, iPad mini, and iPod Touch (5th generation) and requires Internet access,” read the Apple website previously.

Apple has now updated its Siri page to reflect the voice assistant’s new status:

“Siri is available on iPhone 4S or later, iPad with Retina display, iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation) and requires Internet access.”

iOS 7 will give Siri a complete redesign, allow users to access a wider range of features and offer a choice of new voices for the service.

“Siri in iOS 7 gets a new look and new capabilities. It features a redesigned interface that fades into view – on top of whatever’s on your screen,” reads Apple’s iOS 7 page. “It’s faster at answering questions and it checks more sources, such as Bing, Wikipedia and Twitter. And Siri takes on extra tasks, like returning calls, playing voicemail, adjusting screen brightness and more.”

As seen in the iOS 7 beta and now Golden Master version, Siri has been vastly improved, with long processing times and server errors potentially a thing of the past.

iOS 7 is available on Wednesday, September 18, with Apple’s duo of new smartphones, the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S released on Friday, September 20.

Next, read our iOS 7 tips and tricks.

Via: 9to5mac

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