The new iPhone will have Siri, Apple's "beta" voice-activated assistant that so far has gotten less-than-enthusiastic reviews from both consumers and tech professionals, although Siri's reportedly great at helping Samuel L. Jackson find organic mushrooms.
Apple's upcoming iOS 6 promises a number of Siri improvements. For instance, you'll be able to ask Siri to post Facebook and Twitter updates, launch apps, get sports scores and stats, and find movie show times and trivia. These features won't be unique to the next-gen iPhone--the 4S and new iPad will have them too--but they could play a major role in the phone's marketing campaign. The Galaxy S III has S Voice, a Siri-like competitor that also performs similar tasks in less-than-perfect fashion. Bottom line: When it comes to voice-recognition apps, there's plenty of room for improvement.