The iOS 9.2 update adds a very handy Arabic iPhone feature with new Siri support for the Arabic language on iPhone and iPad.
After you install the new iOS 9.2 update on the iPhone or iPad that supports Siri you can turn on an oft requested Arabic iPhone feature.
With the new Siri Arabic support, users can use Siri Now and other voice control features to manage the phone with only their voice — and finally do so in Arabic.
The new upgrade specifically mentions support for Arabic Language in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, but you don’t need to be in those regions to use the new Arabic iPhone and iPad feature.
Learn how to use Siri Arabic iPhone features.
Use this guide to install iOS 9.2 on your iPhone or iPad. The iOS 9.2 update is available on all iOS devices that could run iOS 8. Siri is available on the iPhone 4s and newer, so if you can run iOS 9.2, you can use this new feature.
How to Turn on the Siri Arabic iPhone Feature
You will need to turn this on, even if your iPhone is already set to use the Arabic language. This should take a few minutes at most, after you install the upgrade.
Change Siri settings to enable Arabic iPhone voice control language support.
To get started, go to Settings on your iPhone. Next, tap on General and then on Siri. This will take you to the main set of Siri options. Here you will see a number of things to change including the language. When you change to Arabic language you will lose one option. With this enabled you can no longer choose the gender. The Siri Arabic iPhone feature only offers a male voice.
Choose Arabic then change settings you need or train Siri Now.
On the next screen tap on Language and scroll to the top. Tap on Arabic and then tap to go back. Siri Arabic iPhone support is now enabled. You can hold the home button or say the equivalent of Hey Siri to use the feature.
You can say, “As-salaam alaikum” to Siri and the phone will reply, “Wa alaikum assalaam” as well as all the standard controls. If you activate Siri without saying anything you will see a listing of commands.
This is one of many new iOS 9.2 features. You can see the rest of the iOS 9.2 features in the slides below.
iOS 9.2 vs iOS 9.1: What’s New in iOS 9.2
iOS 9.2 Fixes iOS 9 and iOS 9.1 Problems
Perhaps one of the biggest changes with the iOS 9.2 update is that it fixes a lot of iOS 9 problems and iOS 9.1 problems for iPhone and iPad users.
We see small fixes come in targeted updates, but the iOS 9.2 update packs in a lot of new fixes that may solve a problem that annoyed you for the last several months. Here are the new fixes in iOS 9.2.
- Fixing an issue that caused mail attachments to be inaccessible for some users with POP email accounts
- Resolving an issue for some users that caused attachments to overlap text in mail
- Fixing an issue where Live Photos could have turned off after restoring from a previous iCloud backup
- Addressing an issue that could cause search in Contacts to display no results
- Resolving an issue that could have prevented Calendar from displaying all seven days in week view
- Fixing an issue where Camera screen on iPad could be black when attempting to capture video
- Addressing an issue that could cause instability in the Activity app when viewing the day of Daylight Savings Time transition
- Fixing an issue that could prevent data from appearing in Health
- Fixing an issue that could prevent Wallet updates and Lock screen alerts from displaying
- Addressing an issue where updating iOS could prevent an alarm from going off
- Fixing an issue where some users were unable to login to Find my iPhone
- Fixing an issue that prevented some manual iCloud Backups from completing
- Addressing an issue where using the iPad keyboard could unintentionally trigger text selection mode
- Improved keyboard responsiveness when using Quick Reply
- Improved punctuation input on the 10-key Chinese (Pinyin & Stroke) keyboards with new expanded view of punctuation symbols and better predictions
- Fixing an issue on Cyrillic keyboards where caps lock would be enabled when typing in URL or email fields
You'll notice that many of these are targeted, but cover things that can easily annoy users. Slow keyboard response in Quick Reply is one of our frustrations with iOS 9.1 that this fixes. Other upgrades fix alarm bugs, iCloud backup problems and much more.