The Apple iPhone 4S currently holds the title of being the only iOS device to feature Siri, the company's voice recognition artificial intelligence assistant. Though there have been hacks in the past that allowed one to port Siri over to other iOS devices, Apple never officially released it. Now, if a report by 9to5Mac is anything to go by, then we can expect Apple to release iOS 6 with the ability to use Siri on the iPad.
The report states that all of the features of Siri found on the iPhone 4S will be found on the iPad with the voice recognition assistant being able to access all applications, such as music playback, iMessaging, Calendar managing, Reminders, Weather, Maps integration, E-mailing, Notes, Contacts searching, Safari integration, Wolfram-Alpha searching and a host of others. The only feature that it will not possess is the ability to make voice calls as the iPad does not support this feature.
Will we see this when iOS 6 is unveiled?
The report states, “Unlike on the iPhone 4S, Siri for iPad is not a full screen experience. This makes sense given the device’s larger, 9.7-inch display. Siri on the iPad is activated by a quick hold of the home button, just like on the iPhone 4S. The interface slides up from below the display with a clever animation. Siri is built into the iPad as a small window on top of whatever interface the user is currently interacting with. This Siri window with rounded corners sits at the bottom center of the display, as you can see in our mockup above. The Siri iPad interface takes very little space over the iPad interface currently in use, and is designed with the same linen texture as on the iPhone 4S. Siri for iPad also works from the lock screen.”
There has been some speculation as to whether the feature would work the same way as it does on the iPhone 4S. The reason for this speculation is that the iPad is a lot larger and will be needed to be held at a distance, in comparison to the iPhone 4S. However, sources of the website have rubbished this and they state that the voice dictation works as well on the third generation iPad, as it does on the iPhone 4S.
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