Apple References Siri Dictation On iPod touch And iPad In Latest iOS 5.1 Beta

Apple References Siri Dictation On iPod touch And iPad In Latest iOS 5.1 Beta

Today’s iOS 5.1 beta 3 makes some interesting references to Siri’s Dictation feature. On both the iPod touch and iPad, a new Dictation text file has appeared under the keyboard settings window. This new document is not present in the same place on the iPhone 4S, suggesting that this reference does indeed foreshadow what’s to come.

The text file outlines iOS Dictation’s privacy details. While Siri Dictation is currently an iPhone 4S-only feature, it’s plausible to assume that Apple is working to bring the feature to other iOS devices.

Apple References Siri Dictation On iPod touch And iPad In Latest iOS 5.1 Beta

9to5Mac also found this reference on the iPad, but it’s interesting to see that it is also present on the iPod touch. While some have speculated that Apple would make Siri Dictation a staple feature of the next-generation iPad, it seems that the company’s plans for Siri may be more far-reaching than we all expected.

Apple References Siri Dictation On iPod touch And iPad In Latest iOS 5.1 Beta

(Thanks, Michael!)

  • Jim Ritzheimer

    So will speech to text in the Message app and possibly any other app when the keyboard appears be coming to iPhone 4 and others?  

  • Mike Rathjen

    You can already turn on speech to text on the iPhone 4. Go to the Accessibility settings.

  • Weegie_Mac

    Siri WILL come to the iPhone 4, iPad, and iPod touch (4th Gen) eventually. Siri is still in Beta, the 4S users are literally beta testing this for mass use while having the privilege of being the first to use it. Just like FaceTime launched as iPhone 4 only, it too came to the Mac, iPod, and iPad eventually.

    Siri does NOT need the power of the A5, as the algorithms are done on Apple’s end via their servers, which analyse speech packets and return the results accordingly. The only thing that the 4S has that the other devices don’t is a) the interface and b) the access rights to the Siri servers. 

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