Siri Is Getting Some Big Upgrades In iOS 6 [WWDC12]

Siri Is Getting Some Big Upgrades In iOS 6 [WWDC12]

Apple just unveiled iOS 6. And the first thing they’re showing off in iOS 6 is Siri upgrades.

First thing’s first. Siri now knows about sports. You can now ask Siri what the score of the big game was, and it’ll give you the most recent results. You can also ask what a baseball player’s batting average is. She can even give you league listings.

Siri has also learned a lot about restaurants, thanks to integration with Yelp and OpenTable.

Siri’s also now a movie buff. You can ask Siri which movies are playing at your local theater, then even see trailers, right from within ratings. Heck, you can even see reviews, thanks to integration with RottenTomatoes.

You can now tweet from Siri!

Siri’s also gaining the ability to launch apps, which is likely to be a huge accessibility boon to blind people, which Apple is highlighting by mentioning that this is “eyes-free” smartphone usage.

Even better, Siri’s getting external hardware integration. In the next twelve months, BMW, GM, Jaguar, Mercedes, and Honda, amongst others.

Siri’s also learning some new languages: French-Canadian, Spanish, Italian, Italian French, German and Korean. Mandarin and Cantonese for China. Local search is going global, too.

And, of course, the biggest news: Siri is finally, finally coming to iPad. Hurrah.

(This story is developing.Check back for updates.)

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  • Eric

    What about Location Service for countries outside the U.S.?

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