June 11, 2012
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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Apple’s Senior Vice President of iOS Software Scott Forstall just unveiled iOS 6 while on stage at the Worldwide Developers Conference. According to Apple, iOS 6 includes 200 new features. Apple started demoing new Siri features this morning, which includes the ability to bring in-depth sports information. Other Siri partnerships—like Rotten Tomato for movie trailers and OpenTable for making dinner reservations—allow the voice-controlled personal assistant to do some cool, new things. For instance, Siri can now launch apps. Just say “Play Temple Run,” and then the app will launch. Other features:
- A new feature called “Eyes Free” brings deep in-car integration with a long-list of automaker partners.
- Apple’s new Maps solution that ditches Google Maps. Features Siri integration, turn-by-turn navigation, live traffic information, and a feature called Flyover.
- Facebook has now been integrated all the way throughout iOS 6. You can share photos to Facebook right from the Camera Roll. It’s even integrated with contacts and calendars. You can also like songs and apps in the iTunes Store with your Facebook account.
- You can now share photo streams with select people.
- A new app called Passbook allows you to store your keep tickets, coupons, and cards.
- FaceTime now works over cellular.
- You can now send a phone call to voicemail, respond with a text message, and set a reminder to call back.
- A new Mail app, featuring VIP inbox.
iOS 6 will be available this fall, and available to developers on the Dev Center later this afternoon.
After giving a demonstration for some of the new features in Mountain Lion today, Apple confirmed during its Worldwide Developers Conference keynote that Mountain Lion would ship in July for just $19.99. That price is good for Lion and Snow Leopard users who want to upgrade all their personal Macs. Apple also noted it would be free for all developers attending WWDC. Apple will ship a developer preview today.
Senior Vice President of iOS Software Scott Forstall just revealed at the Worldwide Developers Conference that 365 million iOS devices sold through March 30. Here are a few more interesting numbers:
- 140 million iMessage users
- 150 billion messages
- iOS 5 is the most installed version of iOS.
- 130 million Game Center accounts
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While being scant on details, Apple just revealed Mountain Lion would sport a new dictation feature that sounds very close to what is present on iOS. The company said it works throughout the entire operating system, “even in Microsoft Word.” Apple did not unveil more information—not even showing the complete user-interface for dictation or how it works. We are sure to see more with future developer builds. Furthermore, Notification Center was given a bit of an update. It now features a new icon and more screen real estate for easier browsing through notifications.
Apple further unveiled a new feature called “Power Nap” that keeps your Macs up-to-date while they are in sleep mode by auto refreshing data. It works with the new MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros that unveiled today.