Rumor: iOS 6 code-named Sundance, could bring third-party Siri support

By , May 12, 2012

Rumors regarding the next major version of Apple’s mobile operating system have really picked up over the past few days. And considering that WWDC is now less than a month away, that’s really not surprising.

You see, Apple is expected to show off iOS 6 (or at least a preview of it) during its Developer Conference next month. And everyone in the tech world is trying to guess what new features it will bring…

As most of you probably know by now, a redesigned Maps application certainly seems to be on the menu. 9to5Mac broke the news yesterday morning, and AllThingsD was able to later confirm it.

Then late last night, TechCrunch‘s MG Siegler added to the report. And not only was he too able to verify with a source that a revamped Maps app was on the way, but he’s also learned a few other details:

“First of all, iOS 6, which is expected to be shown off in developer preview form at WWDC in June, is internally codenamed “Sundance.”

We have no reason to believe this is incorrect given that one, it falls in line with previous iOS code-names, and two, MG has a fairly accurate track record with Apple information. He continues:

…there have been whispers backing up Gruber’s assertion that Siri APIs are another possibility [for iOS 6]. There have also been whispers about Siri for iPad finally coming. Specifically, I’ve been lead to believe it’s more of a UI issue than anything else.”

Nothing too crazy here. Jailbreakers have been integrating Siri into apps and tweaks for several months now. And the new iPad already has Dictation. But Siegler doesn’t stop with iOS 6 intel.

“There is also some chatter about iTunes 11. It has been a not-so-well-kept secret that Apple has been trying to completely re-write the software for a long time. There have been several false starts and scrapping of projects. It’s believed (but far from confirmed) that Apple may be zeroing in on the major revamp they’re after. And a part of that may be both Apple and the labels warming to a full-on Spotify competitor…”

We’ve been hearing iTunes 11 talk for almost a year now, so we’ll believe it when we see it. But the Spotify aspect does sound intriguing, especially since it jives with our report from last summer regarding the software.

It looks like, however, that iOS will be the star of WWDC 2012. And after adding more than 200 features last year, it’ll certainly be interesting to see what Apple has cooked up for its mobile platform this time around.

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  • http://twitter.com/BlueSpArKyB Bhavesh Patel

    Can’t Wait, With Paid Dev Account I Can Get iOS 6 Betas Can’t I

    • Anonymous

      How much does it cost to get that type of privilege?

      • Anonymous

        $100

      • http://twitter.com/rpraveen360 iPraveen 4S

        $99 to be exact

  • http://twitter.com/EddieLeonard Eddie Leonard

    yes you can, the dev account gives you access to all betas that apple releases

  • http://twitter.com/trajik83 @trajik83

    No need to rush on iOS6, alot of exploit patches in the works im sure

    • http://www.facebook.com/yuvraj.wadhwani Yuvraj Wadhwani

      wouldn’t it be nice if they implement all our favorite tweaks so we won’t have to jailbreak at all :)

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001564279191 David Morones

        Like if they finally put sbsettings in iOS?!?! :)

      • http://twitter.com/thehayhorse Hayden Jenkins

        or stride, zephyr, ISX maybe?

      • http://twitter.com/iAmNotCullen Cullen Steberâ„¢

        Yes, that would be wonderful to see IntelliX or SBSettings. But I would hate to see any kind of theming application, that is just too android if you ask me. I jailbreak, and do not use Winterboard. iOS’ simple design is what makes it so original.

  • http://twitter.com/klouud Timothy Polumbo

    We need some serious updates to iOS:
    1. Many more customization options to how the UI functions
    2. Theme everything – we need an app that will replace system files in much the same way one would manually theme an iPhone. We do not need an Apple WB clone
    3. 3rd party widgets for the lock screen, springboard, and NC
    4. More customizable notification options
    5. More Sound customization options – like lock/unlock
    6. We need the option for incoming calls to function as banners instead of the full screen thing. Pretty much like call bar works on Cydia.

    If Apple hits all or most of these I would be tempted not to jailbreak.

    • http://twitter.com/Beaverpwnsall Devin Beaver

      Also Adobe Flash

      • http://www.facebook.com/antman217 Anthony Antunez

        Mobile flash is dead dude.

      • Anonymous

        Easy to say when you don’t have it, DUDE.

      • http://www.facebook.com/tyler155 Tyler Chervo

        Flash is horrible, except for playing low quality games I can’t see why you would want it

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001564279191 David Morones

        I just use iSwifter when I want use “flash” on my iPad

    • Anonymous

      We nedd something like Android’s TASKER but with a massive integration with Siri.

      It will be an revolution!

      • http://jongcreatiefenzo.nl Mitchel van Eijgen

        it has been 9 months now still no developer who picks this up? he could make some serious money!

  • http://www.facebook.com/nihasnebas Nihas Nebas

    well watever u guys say…………….apple will surely not implement cracked apps,……………….so jailbreak shoud live

    • http://reagentx.net/ Reagent X

      Is that really the only reason you jailbreak?

      • http://www.facebook.com/nihasnebas Nihas Nebas

        well its one of the reasons……………………..

    • http://www.facebook.com/antman217 Anthony Antunez

      People like you give jailbreaking a bad name… shame on you.

    • http://twitter.com/idjcastro Gerardo Castro

      You’re either under the age of 18 and jobless, or too cheap to pay.

    • http://twitter.com/thehayhorse Hayden Jenkins

      ……

  • http://reagentx.net/ Reagent X

    I heard iOS 6 was going to enable GIF iCons for apps

    • http://twitter.com/thehayhorse Hayden Jenkins

      oh yeah? who’d you hear that from, senor gif?

  • Anonymous

    It be nice for sure but more like make Siri recommize orther location or different country then USA. First step first 4s release world wide but Siri only can search USA only.

  • Aaron de Silva

    I think apple staff all have their iPhones jailbroken to find out good jailbreak apps that should be implemented in their next major iOS release. Haha

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=632460021 Ehsan Ayubi

    I heard iOS 6 could revive the phone after dipping it into water.

  • Anonymous

    In a month is the release of IOS 6, and jailbreakers don’t have an unthetered jailbreak for IOS 5.1. Just think about this; everyday, is getting more difficult to jailbreak an IOS and it seems that everyday, less people are trying to jailbreak an IOS device.

  • http://twitter.com/Devin_Plebuch Devin Plebuch

    I hear IOS6 can teleport you to the moon.