Apple bringing Siri voice assistant to iPad with iOS 6, say sources
Published Jun 5 2012, 09:16 BST | By Andrew Laughlin Apple
will reportedly bring Siri, the voice assistant that debuted in the iPhone 4S last year, to the iPad as part of the latest version of its iOS mobile operating system.
website cites "trusted sources" as saying that Siri will be one of the 'tentpole features' of iOS 6 when it is announced as expected this year.
The system has previously been exclusive to the iPhone 4S, with the third generation of the iPad launching in March with just a voice dictation feature.
's sources say that all the Siri features from the iPhone 4S will come to the iPad, except for the "phone-related commands".
Users will be able to do various voice-activated tasks, such as control music playback, use iMessaging, set reminders and calender alerts, and access information on weather, maps and other features.
The website's sources have dismissed previous speculation that the microphone in the iPad would struggle to pick up commands put into Siri.
They say that "commands input with same or similar accuracy to the iPhone 4S", noting that voice dictation has been well received in the third generation of the iPad.
Siri on iPad will not be a full-screen experience, says 9to5Mac
, but instead slide up from below the display with a "clever animation". The system then occupies a small window in the bottom centre of the screen, or beneath whatever other app or service the iPad is running.
According to 9to5mac
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Apple has apparently been testing the system for the third generation of the iPad and the iPad 2, but it is unclear whether both models will be supported.
It may be that Apple just launches it exclusively on the new, high-resolution iPad in order to allow the Siri servers to cope with the big increase in usage.
The Siri changes could be introduced with the rest of iOS 6 at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) from June 11
, or they could be saved for the expected iPhone event in the autumn. 9to5Mac
also believes that iOS 6 will include Apple's rumoured new in-house maps application with 3D models
, along with changes to iTunes and the iBookstore.