Apple Unveils iOS 6, Siri Coming To iPad
Prepare to enjoy over 200 new features, including Siri advancements.
It appears actor John Malkovich can have more creepy conversations with Apple's personal assistant, Siri, thanks to iOS 6. The company just revealed the latest version of the iPhone and iPad operating system, which comes with more than 200 features, starting with advancements to Siri.
Now you can call on your virtual friend to look up all manner of sports information, including team schedules, scores, standings and various statistics, such as player batting averages in baseball, or the heights of different basketball players.
Next, Siri displays more info on restaurants, such as average price, customer ratings and Yelp reviews. You can also make reservations via OpenTable.
Interested in movies? Siri has you covered. Not only can you view a list of films at specific theaters, but also watch trailers and see review averages, thanks to Rotten Tomatoes integration.
On top of that, you can launch apps using Siri, a nifty feature indeed.
Up next is Eyes Free, an app that lets you communicate with Siri while driving. Right now, Apple has a deal with BMW, GM, Mercedes, Land Rover, Jaguar, Audi, Toyota, Chrysler and Honda to provide buttons on steering wheels to access this feature.
You can even expect to use Siri around the world, as Apple plans to support additional languages moving forward, like Spanish, Italian, French and German, among others.
Also, Siri will come to the new iPad. No planned support for the original model or iPad 2.
Moving on, ever been in a meeting and had to push an incoming call to voicemail? Now there's a feature that reminds you to call the person back, or send a quick message like "call me later" or "remind me when I leave".
A Do Not Disturb feature, on the other hand, directs calls/messages to their appropriate channels behind the scenes, all without your phone buzzing every few seconds. The screen won't light up. You can even screen calls, letting in certain people.
As for FaceTime, now it works over cellular, as opposed to just WiFi. Use this on iOS devices and Macs.
With Safari, there's an Offline Reading List where you add things to your personal list and the device downloads/caches it.
On top of that, the iPhone will let you know if an App exists for something you're interested in, then take you to the App Store.
With photos, iOS 6 gives you a chance to create shared photo streams with friends.
Then we have the Passbook App. This works with movies and even plane tickets, for instance. iOS 6 puts all these things in one convenient place. United is on board.
A new Guided Access feature helps parents keep an App on the screen, which prevents kids from accidentally closing it. Ideal for movies or in-class reading material.
Maps received a cool upgrade with Yelp integration, over 100 million business listings, accident/construction/heavy traffic listings. Turn-by-turn navigation is here too. This also comes with a 3D fly-over view of cities.
Onto Mail. Users can assign different signatures to personal and work accounts.
Trouble hearing? There will be made for iPhone hearing aids, apparently.
In all, a vast improvement to iOS 5, and we look forward to downloading it as soon as Apple makes it available this fall for 3GS and higher iPhones, 4th generation iPod Touch devices and iPads 2nd generation and greater.