The iPhone 4S’s long gestation period was down to problems with the much-touted Siri voice-guided personal assistant application, rumours suggest.
According to insiders cited by 9 to 5 Mac, the handset was originally scheduled to drop back in June at the WWDC event – in keeping with Apple’s regular-as-clockwork annual product refreshes.
However, that plan was stymied when issues emerged while integrating the voice control application’s code into Apple’s iOS operating system, possibly explaining why Siri was not on show when iOS 5 was unveiled at the devs' expo.
The claims come amid complaints from customers that Siri is plagued with connection drop-outs when commanded to carry out functions, suggesting that the problems might not be ironed out even now.
The site’s sources also disclosed that the iPhone 4S was created with scant involvement from recently deceased founder and all-round imagineer Steve Jobs, whose time was purportedly taken up working on the iPhone 5.
That would tally with reports yesterday revealing that the iPhone 5 will be the last major House of Cupertino product to feature substantial input from Jobs – surely guaranteeing it cult status among iFans worldwide.
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