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

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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20 Comments

1. Sackboy117

Posts: 178; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

iris reads the answer out loud

3. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

Hater

6. Sackboy117

Posts: 178; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

just a truther, for that ONE question. im pretty sure there are other questions where the tables turn

2. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

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

4. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

Hater

5. eman99

Posts: 409; Member since: Aug 03, 2010

must be a sheep

7. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 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.

8. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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:

14. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 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.

9. amish1512

Posts: 28; Member since: Jun 07, 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!

10. QinEmpire

Posts: 145; Member since: May 16, 2012

This is innovation, not SVoice that copied everything wholesale.

15. Sackboy117

Posts: 178; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

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

16. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1770; Member since: Oct 18, 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 :)

17. Mitchel

Posts: 228; Member since: May 25, 2012

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

11. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

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

12. amish1512

Posts: 28; Member since: Jun 07, 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

13. amish1512

Posts: 28; Member since: Jun 07, 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

18. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

SIRI DOESN'T KNOW SHYT

19. amish1512

Posts: 28; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

thats right !

20. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 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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