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  • Strong Buzz Remains About Apple's Suspected Deal with Nuance


    What exactly are Apple and Nuance Communications up to? Some believe Apple will soon announce its acquisition of the speech recognition company. Others believe a simple partnership is in the works to bring superior voice recognition attributes to future iOS upgrades. Although we don't know precisely what's going on between these two... we do know that something is going on.

    Late last year, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak set off a media firestorm with an "accidental" and "inaccurate" slip of the tongue - a slip that revealed Apple had purchased Nuance. After Woz retracted the comment, the rumor mill quieted. But it never fully died down. In fact, just this week, it picked up yet again.

    According to sources speaking with TechCrunch, an acquisition of Nuance is unlikely, given its hefty worth ($6 billion and counting). What is far more probable is a "partnership that will be vital to both companies and could shape the future of iOS." If a deal truly is pending, there's a good chance we'll find out about it next month at Apple's WWDC.

    Nuance's technology is already used to drive personal assistant software from Siri, a company purchased by Apple last year. Apple has also been said to be preparing to bring a substantial integration of Siri's artificial intelligence and voice control capabilities into iOS 5 presumably set for release later this year.
    I think voice recognition is going to become more and more a big part of these machines. Apples probably thinking the same way, Wozniak said last November right before his "inaccurate slip of the tongue." Ultimately, Woz may have spilled the beans about a major announcement that may now be just a matter of weeks away.

    Source: TechCrunch
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Strong Buzz Remains About Apple's Suspected Deal with Nuance started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 12 Comments
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      oOo .
      "iphone, send message to westerman, hey man we are going to have a great meetup in NYC, send message".....maybe (who's westerman you say? hahahaaaaa go find out!)
    1. Nyra98's Avatar
      Nyra98 -
      I think ios 5 is going to be sweet
    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      Quote Originally Posted by z3r01 View Post
      oOo .
      "iphone, send message to westerman, hey man we are going to have a great meetup in NYC, send message".....maybe (who's westerman you say? hahahaaaaa go find out!)
      It's Cowboy now, gaaahhhh! Lol jk, that would be schweet!


      Sent from my iPod touch using ModMyi
    1. Dukerdawg's Avatar
      Dukerdawg -
      Quote Originally Posted by z3r01 View Post
      oOo .
      "iphone, send message to westerman, hey man we are going to have a great meetup in NYC, send message".....maybe (who's westerman you say? hahahaaaaa go find out!)


      I sure hope so. I miss the badass voice commands from android, especially while driving.
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      This would be very useful for driving...
    1. Stephen.'s Avatar
      Stephen. -
      You gotta love how Apple doesnt contract out to companies, they just acquire them.
    1. The Man of Sand's Avatar
      The Man of Sand -
      Does anyone use the VC on there iPhone at all? I only used it once, the first day I got it.
    1. Jastra's Avatar
      Jastra -
      Quote Originally Posted by The Man of Sand View Post
      Does anyone use the VC on there iPhone at all? I only used it once, the first day I got it.
      Never...
    1. ohthatguyagain's Avatar
      ohthatguyagain -
      Quote Originally Posted by The Man of Sand View Post
      Does anyone use the VC on there iPhone at all? I only used it once, the first day I got it.
      Just the once... Thought about extending it's capacities... It just doesn't have many useful features for me. Most of the voice commands are the same as the buttons on the side of the phone!
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      "Artificial Intelligence and Voice Control."

      Are these two separate features, or are they simply confusing the terms?
    1. buttrr76's Avatar
      buttrr76 -
      cant wait to see what happens with this...
    1. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      this sounds pretty cool