In the months leading up to Apple’s iPad event, there was a lot of speculation on whether or not the new tablet would include Siri. The feature has become quite popular since it debuted last October, so iPad integration made perfect sense.

Well, as you may know, Apple has foregone the digital assistant in its latest slate. But its Dictation component some how made the cut. Wondering how well the voice-to-text service works on the latest iDevice? Keep reading to find out…

As you can see, although still quite useable, Dictation’s accuracy doesn’t seem to be on par with its iPhone 4S counterpart. But remember, the 4S has special “EarSmart” technology built-in to allow it to pickup voices from further distances.

Regardless, this will more than likely prove to be a useful feature. Especially to folks who dislike typing on the iPad’s touch screen.

What do you think? Was including Dictation on the new iPad a smart move by Apple?

  • Anonymous

    “I don’t think Siri makes sense as much as the dictation functionality makes sense.”

    You’ll be eating your words when iPad 2013 is released with a full and complete Siri*.

    *Siri limited to iPad 2013

  • I don’t know. Ipads are used a lot in school and jobs and such and with Siri being able to do a google search or whatever when it can’t find information you ask for, it makes this seem a bit lacking.

  • Anonymous

    Is it true the voice dictation requires an Internet connection, as Engadget reported? If so, it makes absolutely no sense that Siri was not included on this iPad. Apple figured it will sell enough on the screen upgrade alone and that they’d rely on Siri to sell the next iPad in 2013. I really have a love/hate relationship with Apple. They always hold out on something to keep you wanting the next one. I hate it, but it works every damn time!

  • Wow it would take more time to correct the dictation than it would to just type it. And I don’t think any dictation is cool that makes you talk like an robot.!!

  • Does not make sense……
    I mean how would you use dictation for a tablet?

    The huge keyboard is there for a reason…….

  • Working with an Apple iOS device should be consistent. It hurts my brain to think about what device does what… if you want to slap in a limitation, make it network specific… make the full Siri only work when you are connected to a network… allow dictation anywhere… see?! two possibilities… nice and simple… don’t send us backwards again… I don’t want to go there…


  • Anonymous

    This is typed using Siri and it is very accurate, please keep in mind that while not perfect, I can now write my papers and just correct little mistakes…awesome!

  • Love it.

  • If the iPad OFFICIALLY gets jailbroken. We can port Siri w/o any server whatsoever because the dictation uses guzzoni server so With Siri (if) ALSO it is legal 🙂

  • I have the new iPad, but I don’t find the siri dication! where does you find it?