Would You Like to See Siri and iPhone 4S Voice Features on the iPad?

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Siri is the intelligent voice assistant featured in the new iPhone 4S. It seems to be getting mostly rave reviews on this initial weekend following the iPhone 4S release. Here’s a bit of the intro to it on Apple’s web page for it:

Siri on iPhone 4S lets you use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, and more. Ask Siri to do things just by talking the way you talk. Siri understands what you say, knows what you mean, and even talks back. Siri is so easy to use and does so much, you’ll keep finding more and more ways to use it.

One question that is being asked a lot about Siri is why it’s exclusive to the iPhone 4S. There are already hackers (in the traditional sense of the word) who have ported the feature to the iPhone 4 to prove it is possible and there are said to be similar efforts in the works to port it to an iPad 2.

The iPad 2 should certainly be more than capable of running Siri.

I’ve been using Siri quite a bit since getting the iPhone 4S Friday morning and my daughter has also been giving it a go. It’s definitely a fun and interesting feature. It should become more and more useful as I gets extended to support more information sources (it has Yelp and Wolfram Alpha as its foundation in its current beta).

This morning I asked Siri for her thoughts on why she’s not available on the iPad. She didn’t have much of anything to say on the subject.


Although I think it would be nice to see Siri make it to the iPad, what I would really like to see is the Nuance-backed voice-to-text feature come across to the tablet device. Having voice-to-text baked into the iPhone 4S is a superb feature. For me, even more useful than Siri is just now.

I’ve tested out the voice-to-text feature quite a lot as well – including having some lengthy iMessage conversations where I never touched the keyboard on my iPhone 4S.

I would love to be able to use this feature for notes, short emails, iMessage, and more on the iPad 2 – and I really hope Apple will be adding it in an upcoming update to iOS 5.

What do you think of having Siri and / or voice-to-text features on the iPad? Would you find these useful, or do you think they are more of a ‘novelty’ as some have described them?

Patrick Jordan

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9 thoughts on “Would You Like to See Siri and iPhone 4S Voice Features on the iPad?”

  1. Since I am from Sweden I know that we have to wait for it to be translated into our language to, but I don´t think Apple will release it for iPad since it was a big sellingpoint(?) for the iPhone 4s. I have no doubt that jailbreakers will make it possible to use on an iPad, but that will probably take a while.

    I really hope that they make it easier to use in the future. Why do you have to press a button every time you give it a command? I want to have my iPad on the table and tell it what to do.

    1. I hope eventually we’ll see it on the iPad without jailbreak, at least on the iPad 2 and later models. I agree it would be very nice not to have to press a button to invoke voice features, but not sure how viable that will ever be in less quiet environments.

  2. You don’t have to press a button every time you want to use Siri. Look in Settings > General Siri and make sure Raise to Speak is On. Then sneer you raise the phone to your ear as if making a phone call, you will hear a beep, then talk your Siri command. If. Ou want to do as peach to text dictation in some app, then go into text entry mode, then raise the phone to your ear and speak like on a phone call. Lower when done. Note that while in dictation mode, if you say the punctuation it will do it… Say “period” at the end of a sentence and it p it’s one in. Say “questionmark” at the end and it puts one in for you.

  3. Would love to see SIRI on the iPad 2. Of course stripped of its phone support. Although I do use Talkatone on my iPad for phone calls. However that software would not be native for SIRI to use I’m sure.

  4. Absolutely! I’d also like to see tand urgent weather and stock ticker in the notifications area on the iPad too. However, I want the retina display on the iPad most of all.

  5. The iPad has demonstrated a multitude of uses for people with neurological diseases such as ALS (Lou Gehrig’s). With the increasing loss of fine motor skills, these apps extend the communication tools options for them. Siri on the iPad would definitely be an asset for these individuals.

  6. Hi all, I think that apple sometimes drops the ball when it comes to the end user and new products for its idevices. Yes I would love to see Siri on iPad. I am a visually impaired blind user and to be able to use Siri on iPad would be a real plus to all of us in the blind community. “Apple bring Siri to the iPad”.

    Thanks Kerry Rogers

  7. Hey folks, the way Apple work I think that the only way you will see without jailbreak is an iPad 3. They will make it one of the ipad 3’s biggest feature so people will want it so much.

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