iOS 6 gives you more features to make the things you do every day even better. It’s coming this fall, and it’s free and easy to upgrade wirelessly on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch — the moment it’s available.
As predicted and anticipated, iOS 6 features a much-needed update for Apple’s digital assistant, Siri. Specifically, she gains additional functionality in queries relating to sports, dining, and film; gains more systemwide functionality; and expands her language support by leaps and bounds.
Siri brushed up on her knowledge of baseball, basketball, football, soccer, and hockey. You can ask questions about specific players, teams or games, as well as major league standings. With all queries, she responds with a succinct audio answer, but also provides snazzy graphical information on-screen.
For example, when you ask “Who’s taller, LeBron [James] or Kobe [Bryant]?”, Siri responds with “LeBron James appears to be slightly taller.” Onscreen within Siri, you can see a picture of LeBron, his position and team name, stats like birth date, height and weight, and a collection of his career highlights. Information for Kobe Bryant appears below that.
You can also get more detailed information about restaurants through Siri’s Yelp integration, and you can make restaurant reservations through OpenTable. Additional restaurant information includes the average price of menu items, and you can click on a listing to get more information, like reviews, all without leaving the Siri interface. For reservations, you leave Siri and head to the OpenTable app.
iOS 6 also allows you to use Siri to get movie info, like what’s playing nearby, and information on actors and directors. You can also watch movie trailers from within Siri. Movie information is powered by Rotten Tomatoes.
In iOS 6, you can also use Siri to open any app on your iDevice, so there’s no need to sift through pages of apps and folders if you’re pinched for time. You can also tweet and post Facebook status updates using Siri, something that a number of other competing digital assistant apps have been offering for a while.
Siri’s new functionality feels mostly like catch-up, but nonetheless, it’s useful and appreciated.