Siri is the name of Apple’s Intelligent Personal Voice Assistant which allows you to ask questions to it and do things for you using your voice commands, just as a real Personal Assistant would do things for you. It was introduced in iOS 5 which powered the iPhone 4S and will now expand to iPad with the launch of iOS 6 (expected to be released on 19th September). Siri will come packed with sports in iOS 6, allowing you to know about the latest happenings and up to date info about sports.
Apple described the sports feature addition in Siri as:
“Sports fan? Siri knows baseball, basketball, football, soccer, and hockey. Ask Siri for game schedules, scores from the current season’s games, or up-to-the-minute scores from live games. Tell Siri to show you player stats and compare them against other players’ stats. Siri tracks team records, too, so you’ll always know how well your team is doing (or not doing).”
Siri sports features were shown in Word Wide Developers Conference 2012 (WWDC 2012) and now are available for use to Beta testers. Their presentation showed about the sports leagues Siri will be covering in soccer, baseball, football, basketball, and hockey. For all of these sports, Siri will provide the users with the latest stats, scores, rankings, match schedules, and team rosters.
Siri will also turn ‘more international’ in iOS 6 as it will start supporting Canadian, French, Italian, Spanish, German and Mandarin. Apple is also working on a button that can initiate Siri from the steering wheel of a car which will allow the driver of the car to use Siri without keeping an eye on it.
Let’s have a look at some screenshots of Siri sports that how it responds when asked with some of the questions related to sports:
- When Siri was asked “What was the score of last Giants game?”, it responded with a widget showing the score of the last game.
- When Siri was asked “What is Buster Posey’s batting average?”, it displayed a new player card widget showing the up-to-date stats.
- When Siri was asked “What are the national league standings?”, it showed a scroll-able widget with up-to-date team standings.
- When Siri was asked “Who is taller, Lebron or Kobe?”, it displayed not only both player cards, but a comparative assessment too.
- When Siri was asked with “When is the San Francisco 49ers first game of the season?”, it displayed a new schedule widget giving you the date and time for the game.