Having a conversation with your iPad might be a sign of insanity – but that could be about to change! According to a new report from 9to5Mac, Apple is planning to bring the full-fledged Siri package to the iPad in iOS 6!
It’s unclear whether or not the feature will be announced at WWDC next week, but Siri for iPad is expected to arrive when iOS 6 is officially released, which is currently expected to happen around September.
Apple’s breakthrough Siri Assistant, based on an incredible artificial-intelligence system, will no longer be exclusive to users of the popular iPhone 4S. According to trusted sources, one of the tentpole iOS 6 features is Siri support on the iPad. Not just the Voice Dictation brought to the iPad with the third-generation models and iOS 5.1, but the complete Siri voice assistant.
Siri, the software we first detailed for the iPhone in September of last year, brings all of its iPhone 4S features to the iPad, except for the phone-related commands. Music playback, iMessaging, Calendar managing, Reminders, Weather, Maps integration, E-mailing, Notes, Contacts searching, Safari integration, Wolfram-Alpha searching, and more are all present.
The iPad version of Siri will not be full-screen like the iPhone, however. Instead, it will slide in from the top, much like Notification Center currently works in iPad. Also, despite the fact that the iPad isn’t designed to be held near your face, like the iPhone, the accuracy of Siri on the iPad is reportedly just as high as on the iPhone.
It remains to be seen how useful Siri would be on the iPad – especially considering that Siri only works if it has a data connection, and many iPads are WiFi-only. iOS 6 is also rumored to bring completely redesigned stock apps, Facebook integration, a mind-blowing new 3D maps app, and more!