Apple’s iPad 3 to feature Siri

News Richard Goodwin 12:53, 11 Jan 2012

Siri will almost certainly be a feature of Apple’s iPad 3, according to reports

Siri will almost certainly feature aboard Apple’s third-generation iPad device, the iPad 3.

The news comes via 9to5Mac, which reports that the most recent iOS 5.1 beta features a settings menu called ‘About Privacy and Dictation,’ which does, we admit, look and sound very Siri-esque.

Open the ‘About Privacy and Dictation’ settings and the iPad provides the user with the standard legal literature and feature information for Siri Dictation, claims 9to5Mac.

So what does all this mean? Will Apple finally begin putting Siri on its tablet devices, including the original iPad and iPad 2? Or will it just be the iPad 3 that gets the virtual assistant? Could Siri be an iPhone 4S-only feature?

To be honest, it’s very difficult to tell at this stage of the game. It could be any of the above, none, or all three - we just don’t know. But what is interesting is that some kind of ‘Dictation’ is coming to the iPad. Of course this automatically smacks of Siri but this still might not be the case.

Apple, for instance, could have made some adjustments to Siri and offer a different tablet-specific virtual assistant service. This is a distinct possibility, we feel – although it’s one we cannot back up with evidence.

‘So far,’ says CNET, ‘Apple has offered no indication of Siri or its dictation feature making it to older iOS devices. A widely reported correspondence with an Apple engineer in November had the company saying, “we currently have no plans to support older devices”.’

So those of you with iPad 1 and iPad 2 devices out there, don’t expect Siri any time soon - the feature will be for new devices only, seemingly.

Apple is expected to launch the iPad 3 in Q1 of 2012.

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