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09-26-2011, 01:21 PM #1
iPhone 5's Killer Feature May Be 'Assistant'
Apple’s Assistant—if the reports are true—could be an enormous leap forward in voice control and the must have feature of the upcoming iPhone.
Assistant uses Nuance’s voice recognition technology in more ways than the previously reported voice-to-text function added to iOS 5’s keyboard. Assistant is a cross program voice control platform allowing users to handle a bevy of tasks by simply speaking.
9to5Mac dumped a truckload of information from an unnamed source explaining all the abilities of Assistant. First, Assistant will only be available on the iPhone 5/4S. Apparently Assistant requires the power of the new iPhone's A5 processor and 1GB of ram to work. The iPhone 4, 3GS, and 3G just wont cut it. Or Apple doesn't want them to cut it, and give consumers another reason to upgrade. However, it is unclear if the increased ram is necessary and the iPad 2 will miss out on Assistant.
Rummaging through the rest of the supposed details 9to5Mac was given paints a picture of an incredibly effective, and powerful feature. Assistant is activatd by holding down the home button for a few seconds, and the feature even works from the lock screen. The number of commands seem infinite, but a few examples show just how intuitive and smart Assistant is. Users can simply say “make appointment with [insert name] for 10:00 p.m. on Thursday,” and assistant will create an appointment in that user’s calendar. The obvious integration is with Maps and getting places. Users need only ask their phone “How do I get to [insert place],” and Assistant will use the phone’s current location to map the corresponding route.
While these are very simple speak and create functions, Assistant has a conversation component as well. Assistant will be able to speak back and forth with users, albeit in a limited capacity. If a user says “set up a meeting with [insert name]” Assistant will promptly ask “which email address should [insert name] be notified at, work or personal?” All of the back and forth conversation appears as text bubbles in the conversation thread on the Assistant screen.
The coolest integration though is with the Wolfram Alpha online computer knowledge system. Users can literally ask assistant how many meters are in a mile, a math problem or any other bit of information and get a spoken response from Assistant. Also, the rumored "Find My Friends" feature of iOS 5 takes full advantage of Assistant. You literally can ask "Where is Tim?" and Assistant will find Tim, given he has the right privacy settings activated on his iPhone.
If Assistant works as well as reported in 9to5Mac’s story the next generation iPhone might be a must-have even if there isn’t a considerable design change.
09-26-2011, 01:26 PM #2I hope so
If Assistant is all people are saying it is, WOOOOOOO
That is going to be an AWESOME edition, can't wait to see if it is true
09-26-2011, 01:29 PM #3
*** ******* dammit i have an iphone 4 and an ipad 2 i guess im going to miss out on this feature FML
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09-26-2011, 01:29 PM #4
Personally, I think the voice operate ring feature is cool but for sure not THAT great, it doesnt really do anything significant enough... Voice control (yayyy...)
09-26-2011, 01:32 PM #5
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09-26-2011, 01:32 PM #6
To add to that there are RARELY any situations where it would be appropriate to talk out loud to control your device... That's why texting was created. I would find it annoying if someone was using voice control in school, work, the car, bus, ect
09-26-2011, 01:38 PM #7
09-26-2011, 01:39 PM #8
Impressive feature. Really looking forward to it....especially for the appointments.
09-26-2011, 01:43 PM #9
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09-26-2011, 02:21 PM #12superman4tqfpGuest
"iPhone 5's Killer Feature May Be 'Assistant'"
Don't scare me like that. When I've said to myself "Gee, I hope the new iPhone has....", better voice control has never once been the answer.
09-26-2011, 02:39 PM #13
09-26-2011, 02:41 PM #14
And by Iphone 5 you mean Iphone 4s right? Because thats all there seems to be evidence of at the moment....
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09-26-2011, 03:16 PM #16
I have Vlingo and it's decent but not nearly as intuitive as Assistant seems to be with just using regular everyday speech rather than having to use special speech commands like Vlingo. I could do with an iPhone 4S with the A5 processor, better cameras, more RAM, and an amazing new iOS 5. The same shape and size wouldn't be a bad thing in my opinion.
09-26-2011, 03:24 PM #17
I assume there will be a tweak or something enabling this Assistant character to work on older iPhones....kinda like having the option to enable multitasking on an iPhone 3G during the jailbreak process.
09-26-2011, 03:36 PM #18
While voice recognition is cool... it's not one of those things I really care about or use. Personally, speaking and enunciating everything to my phone seems a little awkward especially if you're use to typing quickly and such. I'd also feel like quite an idiot... just my couple of cents.
09-26-2011, 03:39 PM #19
09-26-2011, 04:19 PM #20
Windows phone 7 mango has a nice feature like this and it will be available for their current phones...why shoiuld this require 1gig of ram VoiceControl in cydia does some of these things already. Bad form from Apple to not implement this in the iphone 4, although this is just a rumor and the 4 might actually sport this feature