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Siri learns new tricks in iOS 6 and comes to the new iPad, will launch apps and tell you that LeBron is taller than Kobe

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Siri learns new tricks in iOS 6 and comes to the new iPad, will launch apps and tell you that LeBron is taller than Kobe
Apple's voice-controlled assistant Siri might be still in beta, but that's the best time to learn, and it has been taught new tricks for iOS 6. It can now launch apps, which has been a highly requested feature from day one, so you just need to say "Play Temple Run', and it will launch the game, for example.

It will also make the sports sections in the newspaper obsolete, as it can directly be asked "How did the Rangers do last night?", and will return the result and game stats. You can even ask it sports trivia, like who's taller from LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, and it will size those two up and return the answer. The same goes for movies and actors trivia, courtesy of Rotten Tomatoes, like asking Siri to recommend movies with Scarlet Johansson.

Next up is the partnership with Open Table and Yelp for restaurant and meal recommendations that you can use Siri for, and you can also make reservations directly from the results.

One of the most interesting new features is called Eyes Free, which will basically be a button in your car - yes, Apple has partnered with a number of vehicle makers to introduce this in their cars over the next 12 months - and you will be able to command Siri without looking, like tweeting while driving, pretty cool. The brands include BMW, GM, Mercedes, Land Rover, Jaguar, Audi, Toyota, Chrysler and Honda.

To top it all off, Siri is arriving for the new iPad in its full bloom, and has learned a number of new languages, like German Italian, Korean, Mandarin and Cantonese and... ahem, Canadian. Not kidding, Scott Forstall even said "eh".

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posted on 11 Jun 2012, 13:41 7

1. Sackboy117 (Posts: 178; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


iris reads the answer out loud

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 13:46 2

3. sithman (banned) (Posts: 299; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Hater

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 13:47 2

6. Sackboy117 (Posts: 178; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


just a truther, for that ONE question.

im pretty sure there are other questions where the tables turn

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 13:42 9

2. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Will it also continue to say the Nokia L900 is the best phone?

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 13:46 1

4. sithman (banned) (Posts: 299; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Hater

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 13:47 2

5. eman99 (Posts: 210; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)


must be a sheep

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 14:15

7. theoak (Posts: 320; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


SIRI will NOT be on the original iPad though. Apple is taking a bit of a risk here I think especially with the tablet wars going to get very hot this fall.

SIRI will come on the iPhone 3GS and up. So, my iPhone 4 may get more life out of it after all.

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 14:20

8. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5540; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


the car button would be pretty cool. if you had a car with Bluetooth and a Siri button that would actually create a practical reason to buy an iPhone. o:

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 14:58 1

14. LionStone (Posts: 444; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


My truck has bluetooth and I've been using Vlingo on my Thunderbolt recently and it works pretty well. When text messages come in, the music goes down (but not completely) and the messages are read to you (you can choose to have emails read too I believe). And if you turn on hands free, you don't even have to push any button to initiate commands. You just say, "hey Vlingo" and go from there. So if Hands free is turned on, after a text message comes in, if I want to reply, I just say, "Reply: And my message"... You can find businesses and get directions easily and seamlessly with Maps already integrated. It will Launch apps.

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 14:21

9. amish1512 (Posts: 28; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


no it wont say the nokia L900 is the best smartphone but S-Voice still doesnt know who's the CEO of its own but it does know whose apple's lol!

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 14:47 2

10. QinEmpire (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 May 2012)


This is innovation, not SVoice that copied everything wholesale.

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 15:04

15. Sackboy117 (Posts: 178; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


S-Voice, hmm wonder what the S stands for. . . . . thats right, Shi Huangdi

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 16:09 1

16. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1551; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Right.... and Apple is always 100% original and never takes features from any other OS and reuse them on theirs. Oh wait....YES THEY DO ITS CALLED iOS 6 :)

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 19:39 1

17. Mitchel (Posts: 228; Member since: 25 May 2012)


I think it's fair.. S-voice copied the UI of Siri.. But Siri copied S-voice functions "launching apps".. lol

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 14:47 4

11. christianqwerty (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 May 2011)


Siri is starting to get better and better, i'm excited.

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 14:51

12. amish1512 (Posts: 28; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


thats true and one thing also frustrating me that apple invent features and android copy them and add some extra features and says that uhh apple sucks like thats so funny guys

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 14:55

13. amish1512 (Posts: 28; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


Truly theres no point to put s-voice in new gs3 if they really didnt want to go on apple's way. I wont say s-voice is copy of siri but let me know what was the point to put it on gs3 if u really hate apple

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 20:16

18. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6126; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


SIRI DOESN'T KNOW SHYT

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 02:07

19. amish1512 (Posts: 28; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


thats right !

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 06:39

20. cdgoin (Posts: 363; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)


Siri still won't be able to understand 50% of what you say and you will have to keep reasking it like a hard of hearing grandma.. So overall neat feature you will still have to bypass and just type the question in anyway.

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