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iOS 6 could sport a brand new user interface -- nothing enough to shock even long-time users of the compatible devices -- but enough to keep things fresh. It's understood iOS 6 could lose the blue menu bars in favour of a fresher-looking silver menu instead, according to leaked images of beta developer builds.
Siri is exclusive to the iPhone 4S. However, the iPad has a similar 'Dictation' feature that allows users to enter text by speaking into the device. It's hardly the most private way of typing an email on the way to the office, but it works well and is a popular feature with its users.
Perhaps it is time to bring Siri to the iPad, considering we now know its iPhone 4S exclusivity is likely not due to a hardware limitation of the device?
This one is a giant 'maybe'. We have no idea whether the forthcoming Apple smartphone will make an appearance or not. One would think with the new mobile operating system we might see a glimpse of the device itself, but it is a developer conference and frankly the focus should -- of all things -- be on the software rather than the hardware.
That said, one of the major reasons for Apple to show off the new device is if there is a difference in screen resolution or screen size. I don't think the screen resolution is going to change; that said I'm not closed entirely to the idea. If the dimensions of the iPhone do change -- likely to accommodate a larger screen -- attendees will probably get a first-glimpse of the next-generation smartphone during the week.
Bets are on, however, for a September event for an October launch, just in time to take on the Christmas holiday season.
- Also see: 15 things we want in the iPhone 5