Sunday, June 12, 2011

More Sophisticated Voice Control Coming To iOS 5

One of the wildest rumors ahead of the WWDC last week was Apple incorporating more sophisticated voice control and a more buff Siri in iOS 5.  Well, as you know by now, we saw nothing about that from Apple.  While it was a fun rumor, it was just a rumor.  Until now.  Appleinsider is reporting a couple of screen shots showing new voice control tucked away in the developer release of iOS 5.  

It shows a important feature called "Mic on space key" which presumably means users can dictate to the iOS devices instead of typing the words out.  This evidence is important because right now, Google has put Android way ahead of Apple with much more sophisticated voice control features.  Even if the final version of iOS 5 does ship with some voice and dictation features, I don't expect anything revolutionary at this point.  

Also, we still have no evidence that Siri, which Apple bought last year, has been improved upon.  I had hoped that Siri would be a system wide integration with iOS 5.  Right now, I'd settle for even marginal upgrades.  

More at Appleinsider.

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