Well, there it is. After months of speculation, the new iPad that Apple is set to begin selling March 16 will not have the Siri voice-enabled personal assistant that has been a hit on its smaller cousin, the iPhone 4S.
At a media event in San Francisco that concluded today, Apple CEO Tim Cook outlined some of the features of the new iPad version. They include a high-resolution display, more powerful processor, and 3G and 4G connectivity. No Siri!
But before we speech heads start thrusting ourselves off the Golden Gate Bridge, there is reason to rejoice to a small degree. The new iPad will come with a voice dictation feature that can accommodate English, German, Spanish, Japanese, and French.
Apple describes the new app in this way:
“Write an email. Send a text. Search the web. Or create a note. And do it all with only your voice. Instead of typing, tap the microphone icon on the keyboard. Then say what you want to say while your iPad listens. Tap Done and, just like that, your spoken words become written words. Dictation also works with third-party apps, so you can do things like update your Facebook status or share a thought on your Twitter feed.”
And I was afraid we were going to get nothing, again.