Apple will be introducing an advanced voice command technology with the iPhone 4S called Siri. The technology comes from integrating the Siri Assistant app that Apple acquired last year and allows users to access various features on their phones, such as text messages, calendar, and email, via simple voice commands. But, with the launch of the iPhone 4S on October 14, the original standalone Siri Assistant app will be shut down.
Current users of the original Siri Assistant app have been notified that the app will shut down on October 15. They were alerted via the following message from the app: “I’ve been replaced! The new Siri is even smarter and better-looking than me, and waiting for you on the iPhone 4S. I’ll be leaving for home Oct. 15th.”
This will likely upset some users that have grown accustom to the convenience of the app, which has already been pulled from the App Store since Tuesday’s iPhone 4S announcement. The integration of Siri with the iPhone 4S includes the ability to easily find nearby restaurants, movies, events, request taxis, and even place dinner reservations all via voice commands.