Use Siri dictation on your Mac with Air Dictate for iPhone

Air Dictate is an iPhone 4S app by Avatron that allows you to use Siri to dictate text to your Mac. To use, first you must visit to install the Air Dictate Receiver app for you Mac. Then, over your shared Wi-Fi network, you can share your Siri dictation to any Mac application that accepts text!

I just tried this out, and all I can say is - epic win! (Inputed with Air Dictate.)

On Mac:

  • Launch any app that allows text input. For example: TextEdit, Mail, Pages, Microsoft Word.

On iPhone 4S:

  • Launch the Air Dictate app.
  • Choose your Mac from a list of nearby computers.
  • Press the microphone button, speak for a while, and press the button again to stop.


  • Your speech will be converted into text, and will automatically appear in the text field on your Mac, just as if you had typed it on your Mac keyboard.

Air Dictation is available on the iPhone 4S for $0.99.

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Use Siri dictation on your Mac with Air Dictate for iPhone


Hit their website (available link at App Store) before buying. A few MacBook Pro models have issues.
Important note about Air Display on Lion
The Air Display host software runs well on Lion, except for Mac models with dual NVIDIA GeForce 9400M & 9600M video adapter. You can still install the Air Display host software, but the Air Display drivers will disable themselves on Lion on these specific machines.
Affected Mac models include:
15" MacBook Pro (late 2008 and mid 2009)
17" MacBook Pro (early and mid 2009).

Hi. Dave from Avatron here. Just want to clarify something: Gjed's observation applies to another of our apps, Air Display, not to Air Dictate. You can run Air Dictate Receiver on any Mac with Snow Leopard or Lion installed.
Air Display on the other hand is a different app. It lets you use your iPad (or other iOS device) as a wireless second (or third) monitor for your Mac or Windows PC. Check it out! (And yes, the Air Display drivers do disable themselves on those particular MacBook Pro models due to an OS incompatibility).

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