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Podcast Episode 4 – iOS6 and Siri on the iPad

I’m Bily Foster and I’m that iPad guy. Call that because I’ve always got an iPad with me, in some cases two.

Today it’s all about iOS6!

Last week was a big week, that kick started with an avalanche of announcements from Apple regarding hardware updates as well as the introduction of the new drool worthy retina display MacBook Pro.

They also announced some of the cool new features coming inside of Mountain Lion which should be arriving next month.

And of course they told us all about iOS6.

I’m mostly going to focus on iOS6 today however I do have to say that the retina display MacBook Pro is amazing. There is nothing else like this on the market. The display is incredible, the build feels so nice and solid, and I must have one before the end of the year.

More on that later when I’m able to spend more intimate time with one.

But today it’s all about iOS6 and Siri to the iPad! Who-ra

I know Siri has gotten a lot of flack lately for not being able to do enough. But that’s about to change because Apple’s been refining it and adding back in some of the original features that where there before Apple bought Siri, as well as some new very welcome ones that are just too cool for words. Using siri as the app launcher alone can save me from swiping to find apps, I am so excited I can’t even begin to say how happy about that.

Also added to the iPad with iOS6 is a clock finally. Now you can set alarms and have your iPad wake you up without needing a 3rd party app. An interesting note is there is still not a weather app however you can ask Siri about the weather and she’ll give you a weather report.

There are other cool things that Siri can help you with now, like Finding things that are nearby and give you movie listings. However she doesn’t seem to be connected into the TV world. So for example I she can’t find what time a TV show is on but I can ask her when a movie is playing.

Siri is also learned how to use Facebook and Twitter, which is actually really nice that you can just quickly dictated tweet and have her send it out without having to really launch anything but Siri.

Having Siri be able to give you turn by turn directions is also one of those finally things. But I believe the delay is so that Apple could do it right, do I sound like a fanboy yet? And so far I’m digging this feature.

One of the features that was a nice surprise, and is awesome for me personally is the new VIP list. I get so many emails from so many different accounts for so many different reasons that this is a godsend. Now I can prioritize my clients so their emails stand out while I’m looking in my email amongst all the noise.

The other really big feature that I’m totally psyched about is the shared photo stream. In our family, obviously, we all have iOS devices and on the Apple TV you can only view or subscribe to one photo stream. So it’s always been my photos in the bedroom, Matt’s pictures show up in the bathroom, mom’s in her room. But now we can create a family photo stream where we can just send the best pictures of what was taken and those will be the ones we can have show up on the AppleTVs. We can now have one central pool that all of us can enjoy and share.

And probably the biggest announcement from the carriers standpoint is FaceTime over 3G. This finally makes FaceTime worth using, because half the time I didn’t know whether or not the person I was calling was going to be at a Wi-Fi connection. And since I have unlimited data I’m really looking forward to playing with this.

And now for the bad news, not everyone is going to get all of these features. So I’ll work my way from oldest to newest let you know what you get what you don’t get.

The iPhone 3GS holds onto it’s relevancy by it’s fingernails and will get iOS6. However it will not get any of the advanced features and it appears to just be an update to 6.0 and will not include as far as I know any new features, maybe some cosmetic changes and bug fixes but that’s about it.

The iPhone 4 will get the shared photo stream and the VIP list. It will not get Siri, the turn by turn directions or dictation.

The iPhone 4S of course will get the turn by turn navigation, Siri update, shared photo stream, FaceTime over 3G, VIP list, and everything else.

The original iPad you get nothing. You did not even get iOS6, which is kind of a bummer. I wonder if this is going to be the lifecycle of an iPad, your get two years worth of updates and then you’re out.

The iPad 2 you will get flyover turn by turn navigation shared photo stream and the VIP list. You will not be getting Siri unfortunately, and not even the dictation feature.

The third-generation of the iPad, or the new iPad of course it’s all of the features, flight over to turn Siri, Siri update. Photo stream, FaceTime over 3G, VIP list etc.

Now here’s where my fanboy hat comes off and I get real, I think it’s really crappy that the 3GS can’t even get at least the VIP feature. I would think that was something that could be rolled into and not be processor intensive. I understand wanting to keep all of the coolest features for the latest device so that you incentivize people to have the latest device, however some of these seem like they’re just being rude about it.

All in all iOS six really feels like a nice upgrade. Siri expanded ability are awesome and it’s great to be able to ask her to help you do more things. Especially now that it’s on the iPad, Where I do most of my “organizational” work. I love that I can ask Siri to take a note, post something for me quickly and Twitter, or even put something on facebook.

I do find myself talking more to my iPad, and it’s strange that it talks back. oh another interesting note that I almost forgot. On my phone I have Siri call me master, no it’s nothing sexual she just reminds me of Genie, when I got Siri on my iPad she already knew to call me that. I assume this all happened via iCloud, but it was a nice little bit of detail but I thought was really cool. It also makes me wonder if all of my family associations I told Siri carryover I’m going to have to investigate.

But that Wraps up another this episode of that iPad thanks for watching! Be sure to like me on Facebook, follow me on twitter and visit “That iPad Guy . Com ” to subscribe!

See ya next time!

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