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?