iPhone OS 3.0 to feature voice recognition and synthesis

The upcoming iPhone OS 3.0 for Apple's iPhone was rumored a while ago to feature voice control. Well, Ars Technica has found a bunch of new clues that support this being included, and throw some further juicy details into the mix. Apparently a range of various voice-related features, codenamed "Jibbler", will be included with the operating system currently in development.

"Jibbler" will have a range of features, according to Ars; one of which will be voice recognition. A user could use the iPhone's microphone, or a pair of Apple headphones with the same feature, to input voice and have Jibbler interpret it. Another feature that could be included alongside this is voice synthesis. This would be similar to what Apple's most recent iPod Shuffle offers, but "the difference being that the iPhone hardware itself could handle real-time voice synthesis."

It's hinted that Apple may also include these features in their official SDK, as there have been the following classes and methods found: "VSSpeechSynthesizer, VSRecognitionSession, SBVoiceControlDisableHandlerActions, SBSensitiveJibblerEnabled, and SBVoiceControlSoundCompletion. SB refers to SpringBoard, and VS likely refers to Voice Services." It would be excellent to have a native ability to voice-dial a person, as opposed to have to use a third party application, and these items found only add to the chance of it becoming a reality.

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19 Comments

Sam Symons said,
I'll just say it before everyone else comes rushing in: "SO NOW APPLE WILL SAY THEY INVENTED IT!" There you go. It's done.

Of course they invented that. They even invented the internet as well.

I had "Voice Command" on my iPAQ 1945 back in 2003. I could say "Play Rock" and it would queue up all my rock tracks and play them, or "Play ACDC"...etc. It would very simple, and more often that not got what I was saying very accurately. A feature that today's Zune and iPod desperately need. Changing music tracks when I'm driving could be so much easier.

bob21 said,
+1 every V3 story can be summed up in two words .

Old News


Well... it's new to the iPhone, so not really. A lot of people would love to have this

techbeck said,
Of course they invented that. They even invented the internet as well.

No, this is a misconception. But they invented Voice.

Sam Symons said,
I'll just say it before everyone else comes rushing in: "SO NOW APPLE WILL SAY THEY INVENTED IT!" There you go. It's done.

Redmond start your copiers!

Oh get over it people. It's not like they're selling it as such. I for one am happy just to see it'll be an addition in the upcoming firmware. Sure several phones ago already had these capabilities but it didn't handle audio / video just as well either :P

Does this mean that they'll finally have proper voice dialling soon? By proper I mean properly integrated which isn't currently possible.

m.keeley said,
Does this mean that they'll finally have proper voice dialling soon? By proper I mean properly integrated which isn't currently possible.

It does, I believe, yeap.

Its nice to hear that iPhone will have this voice recognition...but either ways my HTC touch (windows mobile) has this for years!!...wanted to see how Apple will market this voice feature with its Ad...

No-one realises why apple do this... all this stuff could have easily gone into the first version, but that really wouldn't have given apple much chance to continually hit headlines and break news stories for having 'even more cool new features' every month. This way until the end of time Apple don't really have to do much, but retain the ability to hit the headlines every month for the iPhone - something no other phone does.

The way I see it is the actual iPhone is a good piece of kit but apple are constantlybplaying catch up. Whether it's through stubboness or lazyness the basic features of the phone are incredibly lacking. No mms and a half arsed Internet browser. It's stupid there's plenty more than other phones constantly have as standard instead of wasting time with some voice recognition crap that is purely a novelty why don't they sort more needed functions of the phone out

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