Breaking: Siri Coming to iPad in iOS 6

Mock-up design of what Siri for iPad could look like, based on details provided by sources for 9to5Mac

Mark Gurman for 9to5Mac claims that Siri — the same full-fledged feature found on iPhone 4S — is coming to the iPad with the release of iOS 6. Siri for iPad will be the same complete experience that iPhone 4S users have, asides from the phone-related commands, claims Gurman. This includes “music playback, iMessaging, Calendar managing, Reminders, Weather, Maps integration, E-mailing, Notes, Contacts searching, Safari integration, Wolfram-Alpha searching,” and several other tasks.

Come this fall, people will start talking to their iPads. 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.

The new iPad with Retina display already has native Siri voice dictation support built-in, but has so far lacked the full Siri experience. Apple has also tested Siri on the iPad 2, but it is unclear if the feature will only be released exclusively for the new third-generation iPad. According to the sources, that appears to be the case. And the original iPad is nowhere to be found in this equation, just in case you might still be using the two-year-old “legacy” tablet. More details after the break.

Gurman has provided details about how Siri will look and function on the iPad’s larger 9.7-inch screen:

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.

iOS 6 is expected to be unveiled at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference this June 11th – 15th. It is currently unclear if Apple will unveil Siri for iPad during its WWDC keynote next Monday, or hold off until iOS 6 is finalized in the Fall to show off the feature alongside the release of the next-generation iPhone.


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