Apple is partnering with the Cherokee Indian Tribe, in a move to include their language as an option on iOS devices. The move would target younger, digital community members who are willing to purchase Apple gadgets which includes the iPhone and iPod with special characters.
Keeping the heritage alive, the Cherokee language was written some two centuries ago and is considered one of the oldest as well as used till date. Students at the tribe’s language-immersion school already have access to Apple computers with the Cherokee special characters. Apple will progress in other areas with implementation of the language over other gadgets as well as rolling in the feature of search using the language on the Apple App Store.
Some three years back the Tribe officials contacted Apple on including the Cherokee language over the iPhone. But the smartphone’s limited access to 50 international languages, the request was overheard. The community maintained it’s reservations with Apple and it seems it has finally paid off.
A limited number of people are present in today’s world who speak the Cherokee language. With the launch of specially designed character based gadgets, the tribe wishes to spread the language onto the younger generation.
Joseph Erb, Cherokee’s Language Technology Division, told:
If it doesn’t have Cherokee on it, they all speak English. They just give up their Cherokee…because the cool technology is in English. So we had to figure out a way to make the cool technology in Cherokee.
via [Associated Press]