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Dictation Key Missing on New iPad? Enable It in Settings!

by on March 16th, 2012

Did you get your new Retina Display/LTE iPad today? How are you loving that gorgeous screen? It’s just breathtaking.

One new feature of this iPad is the addition of dictation, which will write down your sentences and anything you throw at it. This is not full blown Siri (that might come later), but it’s a start.

While you have been testing your new iPad, you might have noticed it is missing from the keyboard. Is this feature disabled in Canada? It’s not advertised on Apple.ca.

No, it is just toggled OFF by default. You just need to toggle it ON in Settings and the feature will activate.

How to Turn on Dictation on your New iPad

1. Go to Settings–>General–>Keyboard–>Toggle ‘Dictation’ to ‘ON’.

Once you have done that, the new microphone icon will appear. On my first test, dictation was able to transcribe my sentence correctly. Well done.

Let me know how you are finding the new dictation feature so far! Apple notes in this support document that dictation is not available in all areas.

Thanks Jordan for the reminder!

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