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Apple Officially Reveals How Long Siri Keeps Your Data

Apple has finally revealed how long Siri stores your data. The company told Wired.com that questions asked through the digital assistant stays on its servers for up to two years. The response came after Wired raised some concerns about Apple's dodgy privacy policy for Siri. Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller called the tech blog to explain. Here's what Wired has learned.

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"Whenever you speak into Apple’s voice activated personal digital assistant, it ships it off to Apple’s data farm for analysis. Apple generates a random numbers to represent the user and it associates the voice files with that number. This number — not your Apple user ID or email address — represents you as far as Siri’s back-end voice analysis system is concerned."

"Once the voice recording is six months old, Apple 'disassociates' your user number from the clip, deleting the number from the voice file. But it keeps these disassociated files for up to 18 more months for testing and product improvement purposes."

Muller says users can delete both identifiers and any stored data by switching Siri off.

"Apple may keep anonymized Siri data for up to two years,” Muller says “If a user turns Siri off, both identifiers are deleted immediately along with any associated data.”

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No iPad Mini! Apple Announces iPhone 5 and New iPods Instead

Tablet fans waiting for a smaller, more affordable iPad will have to wait a little longer. Apple did not announce the rumored 7-inch iPad as some hoped, instead they announced the long-awaited iPhone 5, a 2.5-inch iPod nano, and fifth-generation iPod touch on Wednesday in San Francisco.

iPhone 5

iPhone 2012 Keynote

There weren't many surprises during the iPhone 5 presentation as most of the next-generation rumors finally turned out to be true. The iPhone 5 does feature a hybrid metal and glass back, 4G LTE speeds and a larger 16:9 ratio in-cell touch display. Apple managed to make the new iPhone lighter and thinner without sacrificing battery life, and added a new and faster A6 processor. The iPhone 5 also stayed the same in price. The 16GB model will cost $199, the 32GB model is $299, and the 64GB version is $399. The iPhone 4S was reduced to $99, and the iPhone 4 is free with a new contract. Pre-orders for the iPhone open on September 14. Full shipping and availability will commence on Friday, September 21, and iOS 6 drops on September 19.

WWDC 2012: Siri Comes to New iPad

Apple has announced that they will be bringing Siri to the new iPad as part of iOS 6. Scott Forstall made the announcement at WWDC 2012 on Monday. Apple also announced that iOS 6 will feature new functionality for Siri. New features include the ability to provide sports scores and schedules, the ability to use OpenTable for reservations, the ability to launch apps and the ability to locate movie times and locations.

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Jailbreakers who own the iPhone 4S have already been enjoying most of these features through the Cydia tweak AssistantExtensions. Hopefully, the jailbreaking community will add iPad support (if necessary) once iOS 6 is launched.

Siri Assistant is Coming to an iPad Near You

That's right folks. Apple will be adding Siri to iOS 6 for the iPad. This is according to a report in 9to5Mac which states that this fall, people will start talking to their iPads. Siri Assistant on the iPad will mark the first time a device besides the iPhone 4S features the technology.

Siri iOS 6 iPad

iPad 3 owners are already enjoying voice dictation capabilities on their devices with iOS 5.1, however the firmware upgrade will deploy full-featured Siri to the tablet computer later this year. Obviously iPhone-specific commands will be missing, but everything else including calendar management, contact searching, e-mail, maps, messaging, music control, reminders, Safari commands, weather, Wolfram-Alpha, and more will be accessible.

Will iOS 6 Bring Siri to the iPad?

Apple is expected to preview iOS 6 at the WWDC on June 11 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. It's pretty much confirmed that they will drop Google Maps in favor of the the 3-D mapping tech they gained from the acquisition of C3 Technologies.

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While investigating the new Maps application rumor, TechCrunch‘s MG Siegler discovered that there are "whispers about Siri" coming to the iPad. Many had hoped that the new iPad would feature the voice assistant, but Apple did not include it with the third generation tablet. It's believed Siri was left out because the iPad is not always guaranteed to be connected to Wi-Fi or 4G.

iPhone 4S and iPad 2 Jailbroken, Waiting For a Public Release

The jailbreak community lost an important player in August when the hacker known as Comex accepted an internship with Apple. When asked if he was the company's final solution to their jailbreaking problems, Comex replied that he didn't think it was possible to stop people from finding exploits. It looks like he was right.

iPhone 4S Jailbreak

This weekend, iPhone developer MuscleNerd announced the iPhone Dev Team had successfully jailbroken the iPhone 4S and iPad 2. MuscleNerd released a screen shot of a jailbroken iPhone 4S running iOS 5, but tweeted, there are "huge missing pieces" to be dealt with before it can be released to the public.

Siri's Just as Useless on the iPad as it's on the iPhone 4

It's already been proven Siri can be ported to an iPhone 4. Meaning there is no technical reason for it to be exclusive to the iPhone 4S. This also means it should work with the iPad or iPad 2, but is it really worth it?

Apple Voice Assistant

A hacker known as Jackoplane did manage to add the voice assistant to a jailbroken iPad, but just like the iPhone 4, it isn't set up to communicate with the Apple servers. According to the jailbreaking community, any iOS device should be able to disguise itself as an iPhone 4S, and trick the servers into communicating with it. The voice assistant could also be set up to query Google, but as of right now it's pretty useless.

Supply Chain Suggests iPad 3 is in Production

Many Apple fans were let down by the announcement of the iPhone 4S. Especially since it's been revealed the iPhone 4 can handle its ace in the hole Siri. At least we can realistically dream about the iPad 3 while we grow bored of the new iPhone. Because who knows how long it will take before the iPhone 5 rumors start again.

iPad 3 Release Date

Susquehanna Financial analyst Jeff Fidacaro got the Apple rumor mill churning after he told AllThingsD there are 600,000 to one million iPad 3 builds showing up in the supply chain. Apple's fourth-quarter iPad builds are up to 12 to 14 million, from 11 million to 13 million.

Will Siri Be Coming to the iPad?

Apple's "Let's Talk iPhone" event did cover more than just iPhones, but Tim Cook and team spent very little time talking about the iPad. And what they did talk about wasn't very exciting. The new "Cards" app seemed like filler when compared to the new voice command assistant shipping with the iPhone 4S. Too bad it's exclusive to that device only.

Siri iPhone 4S

Just because the iPad 2 has the A5 chip doesn't mean it will be getting Siri. Some believe it doesn't even have enough memory to support it. The consensus is Siri will be available with the iPad 3, but I guess there is always hope since there has been no official word from Apple.

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