iOS 6 Offering Siri for iPad
Apple is going to introduce iOS 6 firmware during its WWDC 2012 and the folks who were waiting for Siri functionality to their iPads would be surely glad to hear that Siri is coming to iPad with the release of iOS 6, as reported by 9to5Mac. Notably, Siri is one of the best features of iPhone 4S which is the combined product of Apple and Naunce’s voice recognition system.
At present, iPhone 4S is the only device that supports Siri and iOS users were keenly interested to have Siri functionality on their devices rather than iPhone 4S only. Though, the new iPad supports Siri’s dictation feature but still full functionality was missing for this device.
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.
The site notes that Apple may offer Siri as the exclusive feature of new iPad (iPad 3) models only. Moreover, it is still not obvious whether Apple will announce the offering of Siri feature for iPad with iOS 6 at its WWDC or the company would try to keep it wrapped for announcing it at the public release of iOS 6, expected later this year.