Apple is planning to bring Siri to the iPad with the release of iOS 6, according to a new rumor from 9to5Mac. The report is suggesting that the biggest feature on the iPhone 4S will be unleashed upon the iPad when iOS 6 is released, something that is expected to take place later this year. According to the sources that provided the information, the fact that the iPad is held further away from the mouth is not expected to cause any problems with the voice recognition, and the software works just as well on the iPad as it does on the iPhone 4S.
The report suggests that the new version of Siri will not be a full screen application, but will rather pop up in a window from the bottom of the scren when the Home button is held down. Other than that, the interface is expected to be the same as the one found on the iPhone 4S, expect for the fact that it runs in a window.
Many people were initially very surprised when Apple released the new iPad with only voice dictation, rather than a full featured version of Siri. This was particularly weird in the context of Siri being released months earlier on the iPhone 4S, but the main reason for the lack of inclusion seems to be that Apple was waiting to release iOS 6 before bring Siri to iPad. It’s unclear if the new version will also be a beta, as the version on the iPhone 4S is, but Apple may choose to bring it out of beta following the release of iOS 6.
Apple CEO Tim Cook recently noted that Apple was putting a massive amount of effort into improving how Siri worked and that big improvements were coming in the future. With iOS 6 expected to be demoed at WWDC later this month, we may see Siri on the iPad sooner than expected