When it comes to forecasting the next big thing, we turn to our secret weapon: the TUAW braintrust. We put the question to you and let you have your go at it. Today's topic is hands-free operation on the iPad.

There's no technical reason that Siri can't run on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 has all the resources iOS needs, and knowing TUAW friend Steven Troughton-Smith's ingenuity, a prototype probably will be fully operational within a few weeks.

But Apple has never been all about the hands-free on its iPad line. Unlike the iPod touch and the iPhone, the iPad has never supported Voice Control, aka Siri's older and less attractive aunt.

So why isn't Apple pushing hands-free onto its hugely successful iPad? What's holding them back?

You tell us. Place your vote in this poll and then join in the comments with all your predictions.

Why aren\'t we seeing hands-free options on the iPad?
Apple wants to keep Siri as an exclusive feature on its premiere iPhone line, without diluting the brand or its drawing power.1753 (29.4%)
Voice Control didn't make sense on a platform that didn't place calls. Siri's another story, but Apple's servers are already overwhelmed. There aren't going to be Siri installs on iPads until Apple ramps up its capability in the North Carolina data center870 (14.6%)
The iPhone Siri is just a pilot program. If it really brings in the customers, expect to see it on every device Apple ships -- Macs included.2634 (44.1%)
I siri-ously have no idea.715 (12.0%)

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