Siri’s new tricks: Siri’s ears must be burning, because the virtual assistant got quite a bit of attention during Apple’s WWDC keynote. We already know that Siri will gain additional features like the ability to answer questions about sports and movies, but as one of the most prominent features of the iPhone (and, with iOS 6’s release, the iPad), it’s entirely possible that Apple has more to reveal about its now iconic virtual assistant.
We say: Maybe.
Audiobooks app: Apple recently spun off podcasts into a standalone app, rather than packing them in with the rest of your audio media; despite the relative merits (or lack thereof) of the Podcasts app, it’s possible that the company might choose to do the same with audiobooks. They’ve often gotten short shrift within the Music app, so it doesn’t seem out of the question that Apple might decide to create a place that fans of spoken content can call their own. After all, like podcasts, audiobooks are often listened to in a different manner from music—you want to pick up where you left off, speed or slow the playback rate, and navigate between chapters. While many of these capabilities are available within the Podcasts app, Apple has lately been taking the “different apps for different jobs” route, so it’s possible there might be some news about audiobooks next week.
We say: Maybe.
Those are our predictions, hopes, and rumor debunkings. What do you hope Apple announces on September 12? Tell us in the comments.
[Macworld editors Christopher Breen, Serenity Caldwell, Dan Frakes, Dan Moren, Philip Michaels, and staff writer Lex Friedman contributed to this report.]