Last week, Apple seeded the first beta of the upcoming iOS 9.2 release to developers, and we’ve discovered that the new update will add support for Arabic in Siri. Apple previously built in the fundamental elements of understanding Arabic to iOS by adding Arabic support to the Keyboard Dictation and QuickType features in iOS 8 last year. Apple adding Arabic support to Siri follows up on Apple expanding its retail presence to the United Arab Emirates by opening up a pair of flagship stores in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
A local YouTube video shows off examples of Siri in Arabic:
Apple has not yet said when iOS 9.2 will be released, but the new update will also bring support for improved Safari support in third-party App Store applications, WiFi-based calling via Macs for AT&T users, and it will also likely bring support for the new American Express Apple Pay partnership for Canada and Australia. Since launching Siri in the fall of 2011, Apple has slowly added new languages in both major and minor iOS updates, and iOS 9.2 will be the latest to follow that pattern.