Rumor: Voice controlled "Assistant" coming to iPhone 5/iOS 5

There have been rumors for quite a while that Apple has been trying to put in some kind of voice controlled-based software support in the next version of its iOS operating system. Now the 9to5Mac.com web site reports that Apple might be trying to get that kind of feature in the next version of its iPhone. The story says that the software will be based on technology from a company called Siri that Apple acquired back in 2010.

The story is based on info and screenshots from a unnamed source that has access to an Apple iPhone test unit. The feature is called "Assistant" and is designed to use a iPhone's voice to access local info that can then be used by the iPhone's software to handle tasks. The article gives an example of how this feature will work: "We can imagine a user asking their iPhone 'Assistant" to setup a movie with one of their friends. The user might say “setup movie with Mark” and based on Mark’s contact info and the user’s location data, will be able to offer tickets to a local theater and send Mark the information."

The article adds that with the permission of the iPhone's owner, it could sent data from the "Assistant" back to Apple so the company can take a look at it and use that info to update the "Assistant" with improvements and more features. It could even "speak" back to the iPhone user. The article adds that this feature could be an exclusive, at least for a while, for the iPhone 5 when it is released this fall. However, it also says that the "Assistant" feature may not be ready when the next iPhone launches.

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The article adds that with the permission of the iPhone's owner, it could sent data from the "Assistant" back to Apple so the company can take a look at it and use that info to update the "Assistant" with improvements and more features. It could even "speak" back to the iPhone user. The article adds that this feature could be an exclusive, at least for a while, for the iPhone 5 when it is released this fall. However, it also says that the "Assistant" feature may not be ready when the next iPhone launches.

So, Apple just copied the bulk of the voice recognition system in Windows Phone. [sarcasm]Apple innovates again!!! But of course, when they do it, it's revolutionary and magical....with PONIES!!![/sarcasm]

Man, the stupidity in this comment section is really something.

Please RTFA before spouting ignorant stuff.

iOS has had voice control for a long time now. Its used to dial numbers, call contacts,facetime,control ipod, etc. This is something completely different.

WiCkeD SaM said,
Man, the stupidity in this comment section is really something.

Please RTFA before spouting ignorant stuff.

iOS has had voice control for a long time now. Its used to dial numbers, call contacts,facetime,control ipod, etc. This is something completely different.

Yeah I thought they had those basic things. But still, what they're doing will probably be nothing more than Android or WP7 has.

Well, Apple is still playing catch up....so expect to see more features added to iOS that are found in other devices. About damn time to. Will just make them more competitive and something they should have been doing all along.

satus said,
oh god now battery drains even faster.

....only when you're actually using it, which will probably only be while you're driving, so maybe 0.5% of the time?

norseman said,
This is like what WP7 has.

And the Blackberry's voice dialing and searching.

And the Ford SYNC...

And...yet Apple will claim to invent it.

if it comes back as the voice of the star trek generations computer i will be amazed. i really like her way when she was the nurse on the original series.