As part of its unveiling and demo of iOS 6 today, Apple shared some of the newest updates and features of Siri. The first new feature demoed by Senior Vice President of iOS Software Scott Forstall was access to sports scores for queries such as “What is Buster Posey’s batting average?” or “Who is taller, LeBron or Kobe?” Apple also noted that it partnered with Yelp and integrated OpenTable functionality for better restaurant related results, as well as Rotten Tomatoes for movie reviews and show times-related content. However, perhaps the most notable new feature of Siri is the ability launch apps.
Apple further mentioned that it is working with car manufactures to integrate Siri through a hands-free solution known as “Eyes Free.” The project aims to integrate a hardware button into steering wheels that can activate Siri sometime over the next 12 months.
Another notable update for Siri is the addition of new countries and languages, such as support for French Canadian, Italian, Mandarin for Taiwan, Cantonese, and Korean. A full list of countries/languages is below:
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