Gene Munster: Apple May Demo iOS 5 Voice Recognition Next Week
According to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, Apple's October 4th media event may deliver more surprises than we presently expect - a reality that will come to fruition should Apple unveil that which Munster teased in a note to investors this morning.
Based on Munster's suspicions, Apple may reveal new voice recognition technology in iOS 5, something we haven't seen yet in the otherwise relatively expansive preview we've enjoyed about the next iOS revamp. Munster believes Apple has provided quite a clue as to the possibility of voice recognition in iOS 5 by way of the invitation the company sent out today to media outlets announcing next Tuesday's event.
"In the past, Apple has used its invitation to include cryptic hints as to what it will announce," Munster observed in his writing. "The phrase on this year's invite, 'Let's talk iPhone,' may be a simple play on words, but may also refer to new speech-based features for the iPhone."
If Apple doesn't unveil some form of iOS 5 voice command functionality, Munster believes the other big surprise may be that Apple doesn't introduce a second, so-called "low-end" and contract-free iPhone model alongside the iPhone 5. "We expect Apple to continue with a lead device (iPhone 5) that carriers sell subsidized for $199/$299 along with a previous generation device for $99," he wrote.