Apple Adds Voice Recognition To Dutch Siri With iOS 15.4 Beta Ahead Of Likely HomePod mini Launch
Apple released iOS 15.4 beta 4 to developers and those on the public beta program earlier this week and it appears that Dutch users have a new feature to use.
While the HomePod isn’t officially on sale in the country, it seems Apple has enabled Siri’s voice recognition feature anyway.
Apple added Dutch Siri support in an iOS 15.2 beta and now it seems that voice recognition is coming next. That will allow HomePods to handle personal requests by identifying who is speaking — a feature that is vital to using a HomePod in a home with multiple people. The move could again suggest that Apple is readying a HomePod mini launch in the Netherlands.
The change was first spotted by iCulture with the report noting that both HomePod Software 15.4 beta 4 and iOS 15.4 beta 4 are required in order to take advantage of this change.
After installing the latest beta of iOS 15.4 and the beta of HomePod software update 15.4, we noticed that the “Voice Recognition Not Available” message is no longer present in the Personal Request settings. Previously, when using Dutch Siri , you also received a screen explaining that you must choose a language supported by Siri in order to use voice recognition. In iOS 15.4 this has been replaced by an introduction screen about how voice recognition works on the HomePod , also in combination with Dutch Siri.
If Apple is indeed going to make the HomePod mini available to the Dutch it seems likely it could happen during the rumored March 8 event — an event that could see the arrival of updated Macs, iPads, and iPhone SE.