Owners of iOS devices other than the latest version of the iPhone will be hoping that the Siri assistant feature will eventually become available for their devices. It does seem though that Apple are continuing to work on the feature, as Siri on the iPhone 4S may let you eventually to buy things by simply using your voice.
Apple has recently made a patent application that has been discovered by the guys over at AppleInsider, which may eventually allow users to make purchases via online stores. Currently users are not able to complete transactions using Siri, and just get the message “Sorry, I can’t purchase that”.
The latest Apple patent application points at e-commerce as a major part of the software, and may be used to purchase items such as DVDs, music, and books among other things online. If this feature becomes available for Siri users would be able to simply ask their handset to purchase something through the Apple iTunes Store, App Store, and iBookstore.
Apples application though also mentions items such as DVDs, so this could mean Siri could integrate with other online retailers. Users may be able to make a purchase with a store such as Best Buy, and then pick up the item at a local store.
Only last month users of Siri became able to check stock at Best Buy, thanks to the Wolfram Alpha engine Siri utilizes. Amazon is also named as a potential partner in any new system that will open even more possibilities to users. With any luck Apple will also get Siri onto other mobile devices from its portfolio.
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