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Is Siri Coming to the iPad?

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If you’re in the market for a new tablet this fall and are going through an existential crisis, Apple (AAPL) may have you covered. According to “trusted sources” from the 9to5Mac rumor mill, the third-generation iPad will be equipped with the artificial-intelligence system-slash-sage, Siri.

As seen in the new over-the-top iPhone 4S ads, a heavy-hearted John Malkovich turns to Siri for deep, philosophical answers. Of course, when I spoke “Life” into my iPhone, I don’t get a string of advice about altruism, enjoying the simple things, and living in peace with my fellow man. Instead, I got, “It’s nothing Nietzsche couldn’t teach ya.”

Naturally, this prompted me to ask, “Is God dead?” and Siri just referred me to a web search for the phrase.

While Apple’s commercials may grossly over-hype Siri’s functionality -- even prompting lawsuits for their deception -- many still enjoy the feature and want to see it integrated into the iPad. The capabilities will reportedly match those currently on the iPhone, including: “Music playback, iMessaging, Calendar managing, Reminders, Weather, Maps integration, E-mailing, Notes, Contacts searching, Safari integration, Wolfram-Alpha searching, and more are all present.”

However, even if the iPad becomes Siri-enabled, word is it will only be available on the latest model that came out in March. Older generations (including all Apple devices) capable of upgrading to the new operating system won’t have a crack at her.  

Other grapevine chat about what Apple has in store with iOS 6 suggest a new color scheme, an app store redesign, live icons, and a larger iPhone screen. Though its new 3D map app still won’t include turn-by-turn navigation, its graphics promise to put Google (GOOG) to shame. Facebook (FB) integration at the OS level will mimic the ease with which Twitter users share photos, videos, and websites. Also, major upgrades to its computer line have been bandied about with new versions of at least four of the five current Macs models.

All speculation and bit-champing could be put to rest as soon as Monday, when Tim Cook will likely unveil the iOS 6 during his keynote address at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.

Incidentally, Siri herself is keeping mum as to whether or not she’ll be getting hounded with requests by a new lot of Apple users. When I asked, “Will you be on the iPad?” she responded, “This is about you, not me.”
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