Siri coming to the Apple iPad in iOS 6

One of the most eagerly anticipated features (and eventually, one of the biggest disappointments) in the new iPad was the integration of Apple's path breaking Siri voice assistant. Ever since it (she?) came bundled with the iPhone 4S, Siri became a phenomenon - subject to numerous (at times hilarious) spoofs, plenty of attention and a lot of eyeballs. It seemed to be a given that Apple would capitalize on the goodwill for its latest, quirky feature by adding it to the new third generation iPad, which launched subsequently, but that wasn't to be.
Apple's voice assistant Siri has been a spectacular success and fueled the iPhone 4S'  incredible sales (image via  Wikimedia commons)

What the new iPad's users got was a watered down version of Siri, called Voice Assistant. It was an adequate solution, but had none of the appeal brought about the amazing AI of Siri. Now, one of the core features in the impending release of iOS 6 this fall is the introduction of Siri to the new iPad, thus breaking what was an exclusive iPhone 4S domain.

According to a report by 9to5 Mac, Siri will not be a full screen app in the iPad, unlike the iPhone 4S. This can be justified by the fact that the iPhone 4S, which has a 3.5 inch screen, is already hard pressed for real estate and having Siri full screen is the only option. The iPad, on the other hand, has a screen that's almost 3 times larger (in terms of diagonal length), and Siri will simply be a popup that gets started by pressing the Home button (a la the 4S).

While it is hard to pinpoint the exact reasons of the success of the Apple iPhone 4S, a considerable amount of it can be attributed to Siri. It was a novel feature that appealed more to customers than the upgrade in the 4S' processor (from single core in iPhone 4, to dual core in 4S). Adding it to the new iPad, however belatedly, may help shoot the Apple slate's already considerable popularity through the roof.


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