Surprise Surprise. Not even 12 hours after Apple released the third beta for iOS 5.1, known firmware hacker Sonny Dickinson has already uncovered some interesting information.

Apparently the latest iOS update contains evidence that Apple is working on an iPad-compatible version of Siri, Apple’s popular digital assistant. Dickinson uncovered the reference after loading iOS 5.1 beta 3 onto his iPad 2…

Unlike past findings, the Siri evidence isn’t hidden within the firmware’s source code. Anyone can see it. Just open up the Settings application on your iPad 2 (running iOS 5.1 beta 3 obviously), navigate to General, and select the Keyboard tab.

There you should find a new option labeled “About Privacy and Dictation.” The section hasn’t existed on the iPad before, so this could be a good indication that Apple is working on bringing at least the Dictation part of Siri to its tablet.

But as 9to5Mac is quick to point out, this doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll see this feature included in the public iOS 5.1 release. It may not be finished by then, or worse, Apple could be making this an iPad 3-exclusive feature.

Regardless, we’re still excited to see that Siri is iPad-bound and can’t wait to see what other new iOS features are revealed in the next two months.

Would you use Siri on the iPad? Let us know what you think below.

  • i WOULD!

  • Anonymous

    Am I to believe the Siri screenshot on top is real? That’s misleading if not.

  • Anonymous

    Am I to believe the Siri screenshot on top is real? That’s misleading if not.

  • It’s nonsense this because I also saw this on iPhone 4. So you think apple is bringing Siri to the iphone 4 as well? No way.

  • Dan

    forget Siri, I just want my iPad 2 jailbroken

  • Anonymous

    i don’t think i would. finding that unless i am setting a timer or creating a reminder i don’t use it at all. maybe if they make 3rd party apps api available so that we can open apps i would use it a lot more on my ip4s

  • Does it have to be Siri? Maybe it’s just the old dictation feature like IT SAYS. you know, the one we are stuck with if we didn’t buy the 4s

  • Anonymous

    Which iPad

  • Anonymous

    Does a bear sh*t in the woods?

    • Anonymous

      not if hes in the zoo

  • Anonymous

    I’d be very surprised if it was more than an iPad 3 exclusive.

  • Anonymous

    sqdsfsdfsd

  • It would be nice, but not in apples best interest…unless….they wait till after the A5 chip jailbreak and then release 5.1 with some or all Siri support, people would ditch their jailbreaks to get Siri in a heartbeat and then be buggered up for jailbreaking for a good while (which gets apple more money).

    Would be nice, but I doubt ip4 or iPads will get any voice control

  • i think there would be glitches. even though they release beta3 for the dictation privacy

  • I would wager it will be iPad3 exclusive.The iPad 3 and iphone5 (due this year) will need to be able to operate Siri and AirPlay simultaneously in order to make way for the next versions of the AppleTV. It makes sense to position the iPad/iPhone as a controller for ATV and (if it exists) the iTV.