With WWDC 2012 just a week away, rumors are in full swing. 9to5Mac reports that one of the major new features coming in iOS 6 is the addition of Siri to the iPad. Currently, Siri only supports the iPhone 4S, with the new iPad having support for the dictation aspect of Apple and Nuance’s voice recognition partnership. However, the iPad does not fully support Siri’s capabilities.
Siri on the iPad is activated by a quick hold of the home button, just like on the iPhone 4S. The interface slides up from below the display with a clever animation. Siri is built into the iPad as a small window on top of whatever interface the user is currently interacting with. This Siri window with rounded corners sits at the bottom center of the display, as you can see in our mockup above. The Siri iPad interface takes very little space over the iPad interface currently in use, and is designed with the same linen texture as on the iPhone 4S. Siri for iPad also works from the lock screen.
The report also suggests that Siri for iPad may be exclusive to the new third-generation models, which should come as no surprise. It is also unclear whether Apple will reveal the feature at next week’s WWDC 2012 keynote or if the company will decide to reveal the feature later this year.