Rumor update: iPhone 5 details up in the air, iOS 6 brings Siri to iPad

Both iMore and TechCrunch seems to have some solid inside sources, and yesterday both posted the latest rumor updates regarding the iPhone 5 and some other developments, including the prospect of Siri coming to the iPad. iMore said that their sources indicate that Apple hasn't yet decided on many of the details of the forthcoming iPhone 5 (or whatever it will be called). They confirmed that it's scheduled to be released in October, but said that Apple is considering a number of different prototypes and hasn't yet decided whether it will have a 4-inch display, metal back, and other rumored features.

On the one hand, there's some basis to the rumors regarding these features, but on the other, not even Apple itself knows the details regarding the final product. iMore says that Apple's decision may ultimately rest on costs and testing of the device. iMore does say that the new phone will have the rumored smaller dock connector, and that it will continue to have a Home button. They also say that if the device does have a larger display, it won't be more than 4 inches. Finally, iMore again says that Apple is expected to release a 7-inch iPad along with the iPhone in October.

Yesterday the blogs were also buzzing about Apple's abandoning of Google Maps in favor of its own version in the forthcoming iOS 6. TechCrunch gives a good overview of this development. But of more interest to me is TechCrunch's aside, in which they say that they've heard "whispers" that Apple will open up Siri to use with other applications. That only makes sense. It seems inevitable that Siri will become the default interface with one's device. And they also say they're hearing whispers that Siri will be coming to the iPad. Apparently the holdup has simply been deciding on what it will look like.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.