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I had an iPod touch two years ago, and it had voice control features for simple things like "next song", or "what time is it".

Is this functionality still present in the current version of iPhone, or has it been replaced by Siri (which does not work off-line)?

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Voice Control is still available on the iPhone 4S, unless you have enabled Siri in the iPhone preferences (listed under the General menu).

If Siri is disabled, holding the Home button will still launch the "classic" voice control, which does work offline, and also supports a whole lot more languages than Siri currently does.

Disable Siri on an iPhone 4S

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It seams to be available on the iPod Touch. See the Voice Control feature.

It was replaced on the iPhone 4S, but not on the older ones . Siri is still just available for the iPhone 4S. It will be available for the iPad 3 with the new IOS 6 but not for any iPod (yet).

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iOS 6 talk is not accepted. – Max Ried Aug 21 '12 at 8:50
Siri for iPad 3 with IOS 6 is a confirmed feature, not something that might be there: – Christian Aug 21 '12 at 9:00
Have a look here: "pre-release or beta software (We consider versions not available to the public to be in this category) " – Max Ried Aug 21 '12 at 9:01
@MaxRied Technically, if iOS 6 is available to devs, isn't that considered "the public"? – Matt Aug 21 '12 at 11:40
@MaxRied I believe that things said on the Apple website, even about prerelease software, are generally fair game for citing, even though they can change. – CajunLuke Aug 21 '12 at 14:01

Yes, voice control has been replaced by Siri on supported devices.

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It has not been replaced on the iPod. Just on the iPhone 4S and on the iPad 3 (with the new IOS 6). – Christian Aug 21 '12 at 8:46
I never said it was replaced on the iPod. – duci9y Aug 21 '12 at 8:50
Sorry, my bad. I thought the question was whether it was still present on the iPod. – Christian Aug 21 '12 at 8:53
This is not true. Voice Control is still present on the iPhone 4S, until you enable Siri in the preferences. – Gerry Aug 21 '12 at 13:25

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