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I'm pretty sure Apple no longer receives a kickback from carriers. They did with the first, unsubsidized iPhone, but not since.
One of the biggest omissions in the new iPad is Siri. It was a virtual shoe-in for inclusion in Apples third-generation iPad but it didnt make the cut and its a curious omission. Siri runs on the iPhone 4S which has an A5 processor, but the new iPad has an A5X processor which is faster. So it isnt a technical issue, at least specs-wise...
First, it's rude to post the entire text of an article here. Even if it is ZDnet. If we care enough to read their opinion we should care enough to respect their work.
Second, I continue to believe it's a server issue. The next iPhone WILL HAVE Siri. Every iPhone thus far has sold more than every previous model. They have trouble keeping it up now as it is. Once they get that all sorted out, and once they remove the beta tag I bet you'll see Siri on an iPad.
I switched off when he said "English, British English, Australian English". That's like saying "English English". Stupid.
What's wrong with that? Siri is almost entirely based off the accent. Depending on which Siri you "choose", it listens for that accent. Apple's Siri FAQ site even says: "English (United States, United Kingdom, Australia)" which is basically what he said.
iPad is offline as often as it's on.