iOS has built-in Voice Dictation. This feature is available on the iPad 3 or newer, including the iPad Mini, as well as on  the iPhone 4S and newer iPhone 5. You must perform a one-time activation of the Dictation feature, viz:

  • Settings > General > Dictation ON

Thereafter, in any app that puts up on the on-screen keyboard (e.g. Notes, Pages, etc), the voice Dictation button appears immediately to the left of the spacebar.

  • Tap the Dictation key and dictate. When finished, tap the Dictation key again and your text will appear.

Note: Since Dictation uses cloud-based computing to convert your speech into text, you must have a network connection (WiFi or 3G) to use dictation.

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