When iPhone 4S was released it wasn’t very new in terms of design, though it had that great 8 MP camera and a new dual-core A5 chip inside. But the most innovative new addition to the iPhone was Siri, its personal assistant who took notes, guided you to your destination, read messages, received and made calls for you, talked to you and reminded you about what you couldn’t remember by yourself!
Others tried hard to compete with her, though no worthy contender has come up yet. There are also other methods to port Siri to iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4G . Even then there were some rumours about the Dictation feature being officially ported to iPod Touch and iPad with iOS 5.1. Though iPod Touch didn’t get the feature, the new iPad did.
This feature has been overlooked by many reviewers and bloggers but it is a great new addition. Rather than typing something using the on-screen keyboard, you can just activate the Dictation mode from a keyboard shortcut and dictate the stuff. The only catch is that you need to be online for the dictation feature to work. The dictated data is sent to Apple’s servers which process the data and send it back to your iPad as text. You can use your wired/wireless earphones(with mic) or Bluetooth headsets to dictate. Other languages are supported too, which are available in the list of international keyboards.
Though it is a good feature, being connected to the internet just to dictate something is not really viable. But those who like to give great speeches to no one may have a good time by actually having someone taking notes for them!