Consumers were left scratching their heads when Apple announced the new iPad would not have Siri. It made no sense considering the iPad has beefier specs than the iPhone 4S. Apparently, Apple's holding out on us to bring Siri to the new iPad alongside the next version of iOS.
We've already detailed what we're expecting to show up in iOS 6, but Siri as an update would be icing on top of the iOS 6 cake.
According to 9to5Mac's sources who have been busy leaking all kinds of iPhone and iOS details in the last couple of weeks, the new iPad's voice dictation will be replaced with full-on Siri assitance:
Unlike on the iPhone 4S, Siri for iPad is not a full screen experience. This makes sense given the device's larger, 9.7-inch display. Siri on the iPad is activated by a quick hold of the home button, just like on the iPhone 4S. The interface slides up from below the display with a clever animation. Siri is built into the iPad as a small window on top of whatever interface the user is currently interacting with. This Siri window with rounded corners sits at the bottom center of the display, as you can see in our mockup above. The Siri iPad interface takes very little space over the iPad interface currently in use, and is designed with the same linen texture as on the iPhone 4S. Siri for iPad also works from the lock screen.
The Apple blog's moles tell it that Siri will most likely be released for just the new iPad and not last year's iPad 2 (although, Apple is said to be testing compatibility with it, too).
It's believed that Apple has kept Siri as a feature exclusive to the iPhone 4S because it couldn't handle the data load. After all, Siri is still technically "in beta."
But, Siri is not an angel. Frank M. Fazio who is suing Apple over false advertisement of Siri's abilities obviously thinks Siri is a dud.
I frequently use the Voice Dictation on the new iPad for typing out notes and instant messages and for the most part, I've found it to be very accurate. You can bet your car that adding Siri to the new iPad would make it an even more attractive buy for first-time tablet shoppers. And Apple just loves adding more value to old products.