While Apple have been enjoying the success of their best launch ever with their iPhone 4S and the popularity of the device is undeniable, many users are starting to find out that Siri, arguably the greatest feature on the device, struggles with strong Scottish accents and doesn’t understand them.
For those that are unfamiliar with the feature, it is a voice recognition function that allows users to shout commands at their iPhone allowing access to various functions like browsing the web or arranging appointments. For example you can ask it what the weather is like and it will bring up the weather forecast for the day and explain it to you, or you can ask it to send a text message or email to a particular person in your contacts and even writes it for you without you having to touch the device, simply by telling it what to write.
In a previous article we brought you news of issues people had been having with foreign English accents, now reports of hundreds of people with strong Scottish accents have been having issues with the device not understanding them. Frustrated Scots have been taking to the web complaining that Siri does not do what they say. According to the Daily Mail forums and websites have been swamped with complaints messages, even YouTube footage has been uploaded demonstrating the feature’s struggle.
In the first video that can be found at the Daily Mail is a demo of a Scottish person using the iPhone 4S Siri. While he does have some problems with it at first, asking the device ‘can you dance with me?’ and it understanding to command as ‘can you dutch women?’ it does recognize pretty much everything else that is said when it is spoken clearly. One video featuring a guy with a stronger Scottish accent doesn’t have as much luck, as you can see below.
Do you have a strong accent? Have you had any translation issues with the iPhone 4S Siri function?