result of Apple's purchase of Siri in 2010 and recent
partnership with computer software technology corporation Nuance
Communications, Apple will be releasing a voice navigation feature according
to 9 to 5 Mac.
Android has had Apple's iOS beat in regards to voice recognition technology,
and while there is Nuance voices in Apple's OS X Lion and Nuance speech-to-text
capabilities in Apple's internal settings modules, there was no mention of a
native iOS voice recognition technology for iOS 5 during WWDC.
But now, it looks like Apple is creating a feature called
"Assistant," which is expected to be integrated into iOS 5 for its
fall 2011 release. An Apple iPhone test unit reveled Apple's new endeavor,
which is currently in a testing phase.
Assistant, of course, utilizes a user's voice input to navigate and deliver
information as a personal assistant, but that's not all it does. Additionally,
Assistant will securely take the user's information such as music, location, contact info, etc. to better fulfill the user's
request. For instance, the user could say "setup coffee with Alex,"
and with the user's contacts and location, Assistant could locate a coffee shop
and send the information to Alex. Or if a movie with Alex was requested,
Assistant could offer movie tickets to local theaters.
Assistant will be fully integrated into the operating system, and speech data
will be crowd-sourced. Users will be able to choose to send data to Apple so
the service can be improved. In addition, Assistant will be able to talk back
While not all Apple experiments become available to users, Assistant is rumored
to be part of the iOS 5 release in fall. It's also rumored to be
an iPhone 5 exclusive, making it unavailable to the iPhone 4 or 3GS until