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Apple iPhone 5 to come with an "Assistant"?

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A leaked screenshot obtained by 9 to 5 Mac shows a voice control called Assistant that is not part of the iOS 5 beta version. This would make it a possible feature for the allegedly upcoming Apple iPhone 5. Based on the leak, it would appear that Assistant does more than just convert the spoken word into written text on the handset's display.

A source for 9 to 5 Mac said that the feature is still being developed and might not be completed in time for inclusion into the next-gen Apple iPhone. Based on some SDK info, it would appear that Assistant would work similar to the Siri technology that Apple recently acquired. Assistant would integrate with the OS on your iPhone to allow certain tasks to be completed by uttering a simple sentence. For example, you could say, "Setup movie with Robespierre" and the app would check your location, offer you tickets to a movie from the closest theater, and send good ol' Robespieere an email apprising him of the information.

The service would be crowd-sourced and Apple will give users the option of sending their data securely to Cupertino so that the manufacturer can improve the service. The Assistant feature is expected to "talk back" to the user. And even when your Apple iPhone is locked, an option will allow you quick access to the feature.

source: 9to5Mac via Gizmodo

A leaked screenshot (L) and some SDK info (R) point to a feature called
A leaked screenshot (L) and some SDK info (R) point to a feature called

A leaked screenshot (L) and some SDK info (R) point to a feature called "Assistant" for the Apple iPhone 5




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posted on 24 Jul 2011, 16:38 5

1. iwhat? (unregistered)


once again proof that Apple is selling an inferior product that is merely catching up to products that have had voice to text and better voice commands for years

posted on 24 Jul 2011, 16:42 5

4. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


The siri tech is far more than just simple voice commands and voice to text. Its reactive as well.

posted on 24 Jul 2011, 17:27 3

5. BobbyTaba (Posts: 316; Member since: 11 Aug 2010)


2 years late

posted on 24 Jul 2011, 18:08 3

7. stealthd (Posts: 927; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


Yeah that makes sense. I guess then Google, Apple, RIM, and Microsoft never should have made mobile OS's at all since they're all just "catching up" to Palm OS.

posted on 24 Jul 2011, 16:39 5

2. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


I was curious when Apple would integrate siri. This tech has potential that hasn't even been touched yet. Very exciting.

posted on 24 Jul 2011, 16:41 6

3. E.N. (Posts: 2231; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


I'm sure this does a little more than simple voice commands

posted on 24 Jul 2011, 17:51 5

6. iosmaster (Posts: 115; Member since: 06 Jul 2011)


Before Apple bought siri there was experimentaciones with artificial intelligence and also had the capabillity to sense if you were sad angry happy etc you could ask some math problems and siri solved them and some other cool stuff, it also recognize panic i dont remembre alot since Apple bought al the cool stuff was hidden, sorry again My auto correct keeps correcting me on My lenguaje =D

posted on 24 Jul 2011, 18:56 5

8. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Wow.. any other long standing android services you are ripping off? Android 2.1.. now on iPhone.
Androids voice service controls thebentire phone +universal search + voice to text + integrated navigation and translation. Its Not a simple "voice recognition" service.

posted on 24 Jul 2011, 20:01 4

9. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Why are you even commenting?

posted on 24 Jul 2011, 21:09 3

11. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


2.1 has voice controls, voice input, voice search. But it first complete tasks for you. Siri can search for movie times and a restaurant like 2.1 but can go further by finding a movie and buying tickets and finding a 5 star restaurant in a given area and booking reservations for you. Just by saying "siri buy tickets to a captain america showing after 4 and book reservations at a 5star French restaurant in downtown at 7." siri will do it all automatically with no trouble, I just had to show up and show ID at each place. Siri was my favorite IOS app by far. One I miss on wp7. It even got used to frequent requests and choices I would make. Much more than what android had Implemented in 2.1. But dont get me wrong, I'm not bashing android here, just setting the record straight.

posted on 25 Jul 2011, 01:33 2

15. snowgator (Posts: 3197; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


I don't know if that is really, really cool ..... or just really, really creepy.

If it starts calling itself "Skynet" and starts having an Arnold "I'll be back" reply system to it, I am pitching my cell phone and starting a resistance...

posted on 25 Jul 2011, 01:40 1

16. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


Dude I thought the same thing I i first seen siri demoed at an allthingsD conference a couple years ago. And reading further into it I learned it was born from a DARPA project! And they kept using the term Ai to describe the true potential of it a where its going. Siri has some major s**t behind it. Like I said before, some very cool tech.
One of the smartest purchases by Apple imo

posted on 24 Jul 2011, 20:06 3

10. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


This would be a nice feature add

posted on 24 Jul 2011, 21:30 1

12. SteveJobs (Posts: 12; Member since: 24 Jul 2011)


i just finished talking with Eric Schmidt he admits he is a total rip off so does android he stole everything from my magical world, but with IOS 5 i will dominate prepare to feel the thunder from my iCloud

posted on 24 Jul 2011, 21:36 2

14. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Pretty cool to add this feature but yes it does sound a lot like Voice Actions from Google. But Siri takes Voice Actions to a new level, one that frankly I wish Abdroid would copy. Siri doesnt just grab the info and provide links, it opens a small portion of whatever app is neccesary and displays it. It could still use some tweaking, but it's a great app and would be a cool feature to add.

posted on 25 Jul 2011, 09:09 1

18. wumberpeb (Posts: 421; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)


Whether it works or not, Im really not looking forward to the smug commercials this feature will bring...

"The iPhone 5...This changes everything that we changed before. Again. For the fourth time. Without even raising a finger."

posted on 25 Jul 2011, 10:09

19. ghost_uwi (Posts: 47; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


you know apple is the best when every single apple related article has some form of ranting going on.

posted on 25 Jul 2011, 13:19

20. jcoberg10 (Posts: 110; Member since: 30 Oct 2009)


so does google get to sue apple now because they are using voice to text?

posted on 25 Jul 2011, 19:10

21. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


YAWN!!!! its been done...

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