Buried in the rumors that Apple is dropping Google Maps in iOS 6 in favor of its own home-grown solution were reports that Apple also plans to expand the Siri feature by releasing an API and bringing it to the iPad.
According to TechCrunch, which first broke the news, iOS 6, internally codenamed “Sundance” at Apple HQ, will bring the voice-activated personal assistant to the iPad, though it is not clear if it will come to all models. The new iPad already has a Siri-like voice-dictation feature that is not found on the original iPad or iPad 2. Furthermore, the report claims Siri is technically ready for the iPad, but Apple has been hesitant to release it thus far due to UI and design concerns.
Apple also plans to release a Siri API so third-party app developers can develop apps around Siri. To date, Siri on the iPhone 4S only works with a small number of Apple applications, like the browser, calendar and messaging clients.
Apple is expected to unveil iOS 6 at its developer conference in early June, where new iCloud features and deeper iOS integration with OS X Mountain Lion are also expected.