Rumors about the features we’ll see in the upcoming release of iOS 6 continue to pour in, and the latest to cross our desk looks to the possibility of seeing Siri support come to the iPad. We also hear from an analyst about the chance for seeing the next-generation iPhone hardware coming out in September, a bit earlier than has been widely anticipated.
If you’ve wanted to access Siri from your iPad, so far that’s meant having to use some pretty hacky work-arounds. While Apple brought voice dictation to the 2012 iPad, that’s hardly the same as having access to the full-on Siri virtual assistant experience. This new rumor says that Apple is testing an officially-sanctioned iPad Siri on both the 2012 iPad and the iPad 2. Visually, it’s said to be presented a bit differently from iPhone 4S Siri, with the app appearing as a menu that slides up on-screen, rather than a full-screen app in it’s own right.
Just because Apple may be testing Siri on both old and new iPads doesn’t necessarily mean it plans to release it for them all at once; even if Siri comes to the iPad 2 in the future, it may debut on the line as an iPad 3 exclusive.
We’d much rather learn of a rumor attached to some nebulous secret internal source than one sourced to an analyst, if only because the word of analyst can be based on a majority of straight-up guesswork. That said, one with a track record for accurately predicting Apple thinks that, based on what he’s learned from contacts in Taiwan, we could be looking at the next iPhone getting here in September, instead of the October launch that seems to be the prevailing rumor. In addition to the iPhone 5, mention of an iPad mini returns, which could also end up making its debut this September.