Despite widespread availability, voice control never gained traction because the effort required to get it to work right wasn't worth it for most people.
A voice-over artist reveals he is the voice of the iPhone 4S personal assistant, and made the recordings six years ago.
Everyone is wondering whether the online retailer is getting ready to produce a voice command service such as Apple's Siri or Google's Voice Actions for Android.
The iPhone's voice-activated information retrieval tool might appear a rival to the search giant, but often Siri and Google work in tandem.
Users found Siri unable to connect to the network even though their phones had network connection.
People are impressed with the iPhone 4S's Siri, but how did such sophisticated speech recognition technology come to be? It started back in the 1950s.
A pair hacks the audio "personal assistant" to become nearly fully functional on some other iOS devices.