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New iPad Sends Dictation Secrets To Apple

The third generation iPad that reached its first owners, just a few days ago, with a bunch of impressive features - also, it has the ability to listen.

However, a new report reveals that the Dictation feature can collect data about the owner and send it to Apple servers.

When he was invited "say what you want to say while your iPad listens", Stephen Chapman from ZDNet felt the need to dig a little further.

When he enabled the Dictation feature, Apple issued a rather ambiguous warning stating: "Dictation sends information like your voice input and contacts to Apple to process your request".

Despite being a local feature, which in theory should not require a connection to servers, as with the digital assistant Siri, Dictation needs WiFi - in order to work.

Well hidden in a document related to the Dictation, Apple gives a more detailed explanation on this matter.

"Your device will also send Apple other information, such as your first name and nickname; the names, nicknames, and relationship with you (e.g., "my dad") of your address book contacts; and song names in your collection (collectively, your "User Data"). All of this data is used to help the dictation feature understand you better and recognize what you say."

Radu has been working as a freelance writer for more than five years and has been blogging around since 2004. He is interested in anything Apple as well as gaming and mobile applications.