Apple’s fifth-generation iPad, which launched in March 2017, does not support tetherless “Hey Siri” functionality even though the device features an embedded M9 motion coprocessor. As first noted by AppleInsider, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is the only Apple tablet the feature is currently available on.

An always-on Siri requires that the device be outfitted with a low-power motion coprocessor embedded into the main chip. This lets iOS listen for the “Hey Siri” wake up phrase on battery power, in the background, without waking up the main power-hungry processor.

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“Hey Siri” made its debut with iPhone 6s, the first Apple device to embed the motion coprocessor in the main processing chip. All iPhones from iPhone 6s onward support “Hey Siri” on battery power, including iPhone SE and the latest iPhone 7 series.

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is another Apple tablet without support for tetherless “Hey Siri” despite the inclusion of the M9 chip. It’s unclear at the moment if Apple could eventually enable untethered “Hey Siri” in software on the new iPad and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

  • Bacillus

    Because visionary Schiller didn’t see it in the cheapo iPad ? Let me guess:
    But a $100 more expensive version will do “what only Apple can do” ?

  • Blip dude


  • Lui

    This is Apple nowdays, there is nothing special.

  • Rowan09

    It appears the iPad Pro 12.9 and iPhone 7+ (own them both), seems to have some kind of fast charging mechanism. I bought the new Mac charger USB C charger and it charges my iPad Pro and iPhone 7 significantly faster than when I use it on my daughters iPhone 6S and my son’s iPad Air. I don’t know if anyone can confirm this as well.

  • Alex Wilson

    I see we have more of Apple’s Courage at work… WTH?

  • Taufik Makmur

    I didn’t care about untethered Siri.. the only I care right now untethered jailbreak for 10.3.1

  • I’d imagine that would get pretty annoying having your iPhone and iPad go off at the same time.