Finally the much awaited World Wide Developers Conference of Apple has taken place during which the upcoming version of Apple operating system, iOS 6, was announced. This updated OS would come with some 200 new features but the most important of them all would be support for Siri in the new iPad. The version of Siri for iPad, however, is a bit different compared to its iPhone counterpart. On iPad, Siri is not a full screen experience and every time it is activated, a small screen would open for operation. Rest of the functionality is pretty much similar to the version found on iPhone 4S.
At present, Siri has support for several languages including English, French, German, Japanese, Cantonese, Italian, Korean, and Mandarin. There are various useful features that consumers would be able to use on Siri for iPad. For example, locating a restaurant in a nearby area has become much simpler. A good local restaurant can be pinpointed using Yelp while reservations can be made with the help of OpenTable. Movie fans can ask for information about actor, the director, as well as review ratings from popular film websites such as IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango can then be used to purchase tickets for the required films. Besides, users interested in sports can also ask for the scores of the games played previous night and the batting averages of their favorite players. So basically, voice assistance of Siri would certainly make the use of iPad much more interesting, just like it did with the iPhone previously.
There is also a new Passbook feature in the updated version of iOS, which can be used to redeem coupons, get into concerts, or check into hotels. A virtual wallet is used to store user’s tickets and coupons providing the necessary management functions. Good thing about this app is that it can also update a flight gate number on a boarding pass in real time.
There are also certain improvements in the communication features of the tablet. You can now set you own VIP Mailbox which would contain the most important emails that you would receive. There are also certain pre-written messages such as “I’ll call you later” or “I’m on my way” which users can use in case they don’t want to receive the incoming call. Another very important feature is Apple’s own version of Google Maps, featuring vector-based map elements equipped with panning, tilting, and zooming functions. The app also has support for the 3D mode. Finally, there are certain improvements with respect to social website integration as well as the Safari browser.