Rumours that Apple is secretly working on bringing its Siri voice-guided assistant to older iDevices got a fresh layer of credence today after references to the service’s dictation feature were spotted in the latest iOS beta.
Unearthed by the keen-eyed folk over at CultofMac, a text file containing privacy details of the feature was found on the newly released iOS 5.1 beta 3 for the iPod touch, adding fuel to speculation that Siri may come to non-iPhone 4S devices after all.
9to5Mac, meanwhile, has found similar references on the iPad, but the fact that it has surfaced on the iPod is a rather surprising indeed.
Currently available on the iPhone 4S only, Siri allows owners to perform queries and actions by directly speaking to the device. The dictation features enables users to rectify mistakes.
Apple has so far remained tight-lipped as to its plans to make Siri backwards compatible. This is hardly surprising as the service has been widely touted as one of the key USPs of the 4S and it frequently marketed as such in its ad campaigns.
It’s possible the references are there by mistake, or worse, an elaborate hoax. So until there is official word from Cupertino of its status on older devices, take this with a generous pinch of salt.