Apple first introduced the virtual voice based personal assistant, Siri, on the iPhone 4S. The Cupertino tech giant replied with a big ‘no’ for users’ requests to port the awesome app to the older iPhones and the iPod Touch. But the jailbreak developers took it into their own hands to do the port and they have been successful to some extent. Even though the company tried very hard to stop this from happening, it was not successful completely. Siri became so popular that other companies started developing similar apps for their smart phones. For example, Samsung has come out with the new S Voice in its latest Android smart phone, the Samsung Galaxy S III.
But now, somehow, Apple thinks it is important to bring in the virtual assistant app to its other products, and the one in consideration is the next gen iPad, which will be coming with the all new mobile operating system, iOS 6. This news is still in the rumor phase. So do not get too much excited about being able to talk to your new iPad already. There has been no official word on this from Cupertino.
However, Apple already has a part of Siri ready for the new iPad, which is in the form of dictation. Apple and Nuance’s voice recognition partnership has come down to the iPad as well. The rumor, however, quotes a person saying that Siri, for sure, is coming on the new iPad. Here is the quote:
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 rumor also says that Siri might be exclusive to the new iPad only, and users of the older versions of the tablet might not get the chance to talk to their iPads. It is also unclear if Apple will be showcasing this at next week’s Worldwide Developers Conference or if it will keep it for the actual launch event of the new iPad. Are you excited?