Hardly a day goes by without an Apple rumour or three. Some, like the speculation that the company is buying German TV maker Loewe, don’t always stand up. As for the others, we’ll have to wait a little longer to find out for sure.
Two of the more interesting bits of gossip surround the upcoming version 6.0 of its iOS for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. According to TechCrunch, Siri, the speech recognition based personal assistant, may be making a formal move over to the iPad.
The website’s MG Siegler writes, “Specifically, I’ve been led to believe it’s more of a UI [user interface] issue than anything else. After all, Apple is using the technology for the Dictation functionality found on the new iPad. They’ve just been working on what Siri for iPad will look like.”
Other whispers in the ether relate to Apple replacing Google Maps as the default app for finding your way around. For this it’s said to be using a new development based on technology that Apple now has in-house.
As AllThingsD reports, “Between 2009 and 2011, Apple acquired three mapping companies in quick succession: Placebase, in 2009; 3D mapping outfit Poly9 in 2010 and in 2011, C3 Technologies, a second 3D mapping company... Sources describe the new Maps app as a forthcoming tentpole feature of iOS that will, in the words of one, ‘blow your head off’.”
That characteristically enthusiastic statement relates to the map app’s likely use of photorealistic 3D modelling. It looks like the next event where iOS6 and any major new features could be unveiled will be Apple’s WWDC conference, which starts on June 11 in San Francisco.
Images: Apple & C3 Technologies