Siri, the iPhone 4S-exclusive personal assistant the world has come to know and love over the past eight months, might become much less exclusive in the forceable future. According to a report from 9to5Mac, iOS 6 may add Siri functionality to one of Apple’s best selling iOS-based devices: the iPad.
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.
If their information is accurate, Siri on the iPad will reportedly differ from the iPhone variant in the sense that it will appear as an overlay on top of whatever interface the user is in – similar to Notification Center on the iPad.
However, while claims of iPad support are great, Siri might be added exclusively to the latest model – the third-generation iPad.
What’s more, it’s unclear whether Apple’s virtual personal assistant will be announced for the iPad at this year’s World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC), starting on June 11th, or announced closer to the release of iOS 6 as a ‘bonus’ of sorts; if at all. Whatever the case, stay tuned for complete coverage on this year’s WWDC and iOS 6.