Siri on iPad

As we all wait for the March 7 iPad 3 announcement, one giant white elephant has entered the room: Will it receiver Siri?

The personal digital assistant that made its debut on the iPhone 4S has won its share of critics and fans.  Some find it completely useless, while others seem to wonder how they ever got through life without it.  Whichever side of the fence you happen to land on, it seems fairly obvious that Apple has a lot invested in the idea, and the feeling is that it will be with us for some time to come.  Since it appears that it won't be coming along for the ride on OS X Mountain Lion, that had made some wonder where this software will show up next, and it does seem like the iPad 3 would be the most logical place.

As it stands, Siri is pretty heavily tied to the iOS system it would appear, so not showing up on Mountain Lion makes at least some sense, but the iPad 3, at least in my opinion, seems like a given.  Skipping the next iOS device after its initial release would leave a lot of question marks about the future of the tool, and that is not something Apple is known for doing.  It is almost a certainty that the Cupertino-based company is going to have to have the assistant on the next iteration of its market leading tablet, or it's going to be in line for a whole lot of uncomfortable questions.

All will be revealed on March 7, but I'm not going to be the least bit surprised to see Apple CEO Tim Cook activate Siri and ask her to show off the latest Apple stock price while he's holding an iPad 3 up on stage.