WWDC is now less than one month away and since the giant bitten Apple in Cupertino has turned it into a software focused conference, we expect to see iOS 6, the next issue of Apple’s mobile operating system found on iPod, iPhone and iPad. Also, with the introduction of the iPhone 4S, Siri came into play and with the new iPad, voice dictation. But this still has one big question, when are we going to see everything come into play? We think iOS 6 is going to be the biggest release of iOS software in history. Active Siri should come into play, APIs for Siri’s use for developers and maybe even a departure from the iOS we know and love (some hate) today.
Active Siri is sort of our speculation on what the next Siri might be like. Active Siri will be an active version of Siri, always listening on looking at the user, sort of like S-Voice with the Samsung Galaxy S III. Instead of holding down the home button, you can say, “ What’s the weather like Siri? “ Siri will then come up and give you an answer. Also Siri will be looking at your eyes, so when your eyes go off the screen, the display automatically dims down to preserve battery life, and when you look at it it will go back up for your reading pleasure. Now these features have already made there way on the Galaxy S III but if we see these on Apple’s beloved device, it may be a big hit.
Siri used in Apps
If Siri comes out of Beta which we expect that it will, we can see APIs for developers to use Siri in their applications. This will open up a whole other section of possibilities for applications. Applications like games where you can now put voice input, applications like PhotoShop Touch, you can say things to change the picture. It would honestly be a great addition to any application. It would also make hands free applications truly hands free.
Changes in the Springboard
If you are not familiar with what a Springboard is, just look at your iPhone’s application home screens, that is a Springboard. Its been the same for the past 5 years and its getting a tad boring. People have brought the rumors of Apple adding widget based home screens into play but that just doesn’t seem Apple to us. It wouldn’t be something revolutionary, it would be something taken straight from Android. Now even though the Notification Center is taken right out of the Android playbook, Widgets would probably file a lawsuit. Apple doesn’t want to go down that path knowing that they would probably lose that battle down the road. But there will be minor changes in the Springboard, to accompany the larger screen size and resolution, an extra row of applications would look very nicely, instead if the four up, four across, and the dock applications, it would be five up, four across, and the dock applications of four.
Apple Maps (iMaps)
Its not really a rumor, we know that Apple has been working on their own Map/Navigation application, iMaps is something we just made up. But It feels like Apple is trying to get away from everything Google including Google Maps. We think that the Apple client will be more compatible with Siri in different ways. It could be fully operated by Siri alone and no touch inputs. It would give directions, maybe even Augmented Reality to compete with the Lumia 900’s Augmented Reality in Nokia Drive. It would be their answer back to any Maps application out there. We fully expect to see the debut with this generation of iOS.
iOS 6 is going to be the largest release of iOS 6. I’m sure they’ll market the crap out of it. Its going to give out the most APIs to developers, the most new features to developers, and it will truly revolutionize the way people use their iPhones with full Siri integration. It will be fully natural, it will listen to you, look at you, and respond to what you need. I sound like an Apple marketing agent, but iOS 6 is going to be big. I can feel it.