iOS 6 to Introduce Apple’s Virtual Assistant Siri for the iPad?
To this day, Apple’s virtual assistant has remained exclusively available on the iPhone 4S. Introduced in October of last year, Siri was one of the big selling points for the new handset. A new report that was published today suggests Apple may be gearing up to launch Siri for the iPad come the introduction of iOS 6.
Even with the new iPad, which was released just a meager few months back, Apple omitted Siri and included instead only the dictation feature that transforms your voice into text. A report published by 9to5Mac earlier today claims Apple is actively porting Siri over to the iPad.
The news outlet had the following to say about how the somewhat intelligent assistant would work on Apple’s tablet:
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.
To make a short description even shorter, Siri would retain the same resolution from the iPhone’s version of the assistant much like all of the other iPad interface elements – slide to unlock, home button, sleep button, etc. The site mentions that it’s not sure whether or not Siri will support all three iterations of the iPad.
The above picture is a mockup created by 9to5Mac based on the details provided by their trusted source.
iOS 6 is expected to be introduced to the public at Apple’s upcoming WWDC 2012 keynote, which is in a week from today. It will likely be deployed later in the year during the fall months alongside the rumored next-generation iPhone.
My advice to Apple? Don’t spread beyond new horizons until you’ve fixed up Siri and her many, frequent flaws that we’ve all arguably become accustomed to.