September 29, 2011
iPhone 5 Expected to Have Wide-Ranging Voice Control
By Ed Silverstein, TMCnet Contributor
The anticipated iPhone (News - Alert) 5 is reported to include a handy voice-controlled feature called the “Assistant,” according to media sources.
Assistant will “be able to do anything you ask,” the Business Insider reported.
“Assistant is described as the biggest game changer in this year’s iPhone,” according to a report from 9 to 5 Mac.
It features an “info” button with, with a click, shows common spoken commands and phrases, the report adds. In addition, a user can speak “make appointment for 7:30 PM” and the Assistant will place the appointment in a user’s calendar, 9 to 5 Mac said. Assistant also lets users create reminders for the iOS 5 Reminders application, 9 to 5 Mac said. Assistant can also create and send an SMS or iMessage with a voice command, according to 9 to 5 Mac. In addition, Apple (News - Alert) is coming up with a way to let users request a song to be played.
Another feature is called “conversation view” which lets the user have a conversation with an iPhone, with questions being asked and answered.
Another feature is called “Find my Friends,” which helps the user locate identified friends, 9 to 5 Mac said. Assistant is also integrated with Wolfram Alpha (News - Alert), the report said. That lets a user ask questions to the iPhone and get an answer immediately.
“Assistant is literally like a personal assistant but in your phone,” according to 9 to 5 Mac. “The speech interpretation is so accurate that users do not even have to speak very clearly or in a slow and robotic tone. … Users can simply talk how they would usually talk to another person, and the iPhone with Assistant will do its best to interpret the speech and provide accurate results.”
In other news about the iPhone 5, TMCnet reports that the next big Apple media event is expected to be on Oct. 4, with a possible introduction of the iPhone 5 and an iPhone 4S.
Ed Silverstein is a TMCnet contributor. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.
Edited by Juliana Kenny
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