9to5Mac is reporting that Siri will be making it’s way to the iPad in iOS 6. Of course, Siri is currently only available on iPhone 4S. The new iPad released just a few months ago, does have a dictation key, which is based on Nuance’s voice recognition technology.
The report goes on to suggest that Siri may only come to the new, third-generation iPad. Also, it is unclear as to whether Apple would introduce Siri for the iPad at next week’s World Wide Developers Conference, or if they will bottle up as a surprise feature when iOS 6 is launched to the public later this year. I think this depends on what Apple plans to do with Siri- specifically, greater functionality, or third-party app support. If third-party app support is coming, developers will need advance warning to ready their applications.
This sounds entirely reasonable to me, in fact, I’ve even claimed this would happen. I think Siri’s release on the iPad was staggered, due to the service still being in beta. This is by design- Apple didn’t want to overload the service by rolling it out on too many devices at once. Perhaps Apple is now confident enough in the system to roll it out to the iPad with iOS 6. I suppose we’ll find out in the next week or so.
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