Exactly what Apple has kept hidden up its sleeves regarding the iPhone 5 is still a mystery, however lots of reports are suggesting that when the next-gen iPhone is revealed it will revolutionise the way we interact with smartphones.
Previously Steve Jobs said “We are all born with the ultimate pointing device-our fingers-and iPhone uses them to create the most revolutionary user interface since the mouse”, now if sources are correct it looks like the ultimate communication device -our voice- is the what the next-generation iPhone will revolve around.
Obviously we are still going to have the touch-centric backbone, but following Apple’s acquisition of Siri (a personal assistant application which uses natural language processing to answer questions) back in April, 2010, it looks like voice recognition could play a massive part in iOS 5 and the future iPhones. USwitch suggests that unlike voice search offerings from Google and Microsoft, the iPhone 5 will feature speech technology which will understand much more complex commands than anything we have ever seen before. Apparently you could say: “send a cab to my dad’s house in half an hour” and it would understand this and do everything for you, so that in 30 minutes time a cab would arrive at your father’s house. This bold claim was made by Jason Schwarz, he is an investor and investment advisor, so his point of view may be worth listening to.
If you are really interested in this you should check out this Forbes article, this goes into much more detail about Jason Schawz and the speech technology he thinks the iPhone 5 will bring to the world – interestingly he also suggests that such technologies could come to Apple laptops and desktops and thinks that “Voice search, rather than browser based search, could prove to be a real threat to Google’s dominance”.
Now as exciting as this all sounds we still remain a little sceptical, let’s face it up until now there has never been a faultless voice recognition service – therefore if the recognition side of things is not spot on we could end up with major problems and annoyances. The bottom line is that Apple tends to get things right, so potentially we could see the iPhone 5 take voice-recognition services to a whole new level – we should find out whether this is reality on October 4th.
What do you think of this news? Do you think it is gimmicky? Do you think it will change the way we use smartphones forever? Let us know in the comments section below, also be sure to add any mundane tasks which voice recognition could do for you?