The next iPhone to master "the most revolutionary interface" - your voice, says analyst

The next iPhone to master
Jason Schwartz, an investor and analyst who has a proven track record of predicting things happening in the Apple universe, has released some pretty bold claims about the next iPhone and iOS 5. He says that the phone will sport "the most revolutionary interface in the history of technology", courtesy of the deep voice-recognition integration used, called Assistant.

The guy is also an Apple investor, so he is talking things up, but after the Siri acquisition last year, and with iOS 5 speculation is rising about embedded voice-recognition capabilities that go well beyond the Voice Control function that has been on iPhones since 3GS.

Rumors are that the eventual bump to 1GB of RAM has come precisely to accommodate flawless voice recognition on the iPhone 5, coupled with the A5 chipset. This means that we might not see the voice-guided interface blessings on older iPhone models due to hardware limitations. 

We will see on Tuesday if this analysis will hold water, but Jason Schwartz rightfully points out that the title of the event might not be "Let's talk iPhone" by accident. It will also be pretty interesting to observe if Apple will do something extraordinary with voice recognition in iOS 5 on the fifth iPhone generation that doesn't already exist on Android, Symbian or Windows Phone in one form or another. We know how Facetime was touted, so the idea that Apple has found a non-embarrassing way to whisper to your phone in the crowded metro instead of using the touchscreen, for example, gets filed in the "believe it when seen" folder.

The promises are for natural speech interpretation to the extent where you can quickly mumble “send a text to Mark saying I’ll be running late to lunch!” and keep on running for the bus, so we can't wait for Tuesday to see if and how the rumored Assistant will size up to other voice-recognition solutions.

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87 Comments

1. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

this is obv the big news for the new iphone (i think). very excited for tuesday!!!

31. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Ayer says he's excited for a phone release and gets thumbed down. Apple article full of pathetic trolls as usual. Apple will have the last laugh

43. Phullofphil

Posts: 1822; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

sooo true sir

79. Paden

Posts: 262; Member since: Jul 07, 2011

To be honest with you guys, I've NEVER been a fan of voice recognition. I always make fun of my friends by yelling or making a sound when they try and use it... The only benefit I can see is, "CALL JOHN CELL" while using a hands free when driving... Which iPhone already has. Other than that... Meh.

41. jogutier

Posts: 324; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

The HEADLINE should say "Apple trying to be like Android, AGAIN". Everything Apple is doing is what Android has already done or accomplished. LOL!!!! Android should sue Apple for mind reading. LOL!

53. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Sometimes true, and when true, Apple's version is usually more mature and polished.

54. simplyj

Posts: 406; Member since: Dec 23, 2009

Android only registers basic voice commands and some speech to text. Stuff that was accomplished way before Android. If the rumors hold true about Apple's system, it's going to blow away your Android out of the water.

74. Yeeee

Posts: 190; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

O really because my phone can do full sentences. for the past 1 and a half years

76. simplyj

Posts: 406; Member since: Dec 23, 2009

Like yes and no?

42. Phullofphil

Posts: 1822; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

hope those rumers about a gester area incorperate with the home button so i can launch the voice-recognition software frome anywhere like cough cough((((((((android can}}}}}}}}}. It was one of my or is the favorite feature about android. So helpfull!!!

72. NeXoS

Posts: 292; Member since: May 03, 2011

Wow, Apple! Welcome to 2009!

85. ilia1986 unregistered

Umm iOS 4 HAS voice recognition. And it works quite well. I am not talking of course about the standard Voice Control - but rather the Voice Activator - a very useful Cydia tweak if your primary language is English. You can program voice commands to do a lot of stuff. And it sure as hell doesn't require better hardware. Oh wait - could this new "Voice Assistant" thing - which of course will be exclusive to the new iPhone - be just another RIP-OFF of another Cydia tweak? LOL.

86. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

which would be a rip off fo a now long standing android feature? :) ive been using voice phone navigation for a while now. :) on android u control everything in the phone by voice if you like. Now with ICS having facial recognition supposedly, i dont see how iOS getting voice is "revolutionary".. just more android rip offs playing catch up. iOS6 will have face recognition and they will have "invented it" then :)

2. Applerocks unregistered

Can't wait for iOS 5!!!!!!

3. bobnnate

Posts: 25; Member since: Aug 28, 2011

hmmm didnt android have tht first? oh yeah thts right they did.just like the task bar

44. Phullofphil

Posts: 1822; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

its weird i didnt know what a troll was untill recently. Know i understand

4. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

Voice recognition software will always carry the same problem no matter how good or what device it is on.....the user. I have listened to some people up close and still can't understand what their saying, and what about accents. While I do use mine on (very) limited basis, it is a cool tool to have welcome to the party ifans, too bad it's time everyone else is heading home....LOL

5. mango unregistered

My windows phone 7.5 (Mango) already does this. I've got completely hands free texting and many other voice commands. I don't mumble so there isn't a problem. My browser has beat every iPhone 4 that I've raced in my office. The look on their faces was priceless. All they could say was, "I need to go update my software and then I'll be back.". That of course made me chuckle. I'm 6-0 in this.

7. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

I'm assuming for scientific purposes that you and the other 6 people in your office all are on the same network, otherwise maybe it's not the browser but the signal strength.

9. mango unregistered

Same WiFi

16. ohhhhhhhhhhh unregistered

he told you! Wi-Fi

45. Phullofphil

Posts: 1822; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

i also like windows phone but really has nothing to do with this comment section. It is weird though because internet explorer mobile has always been in the past one of the slowest browsers.

6. SoyCider

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 28, 2011

"the most revolutionary interface in the history of technology" hmm... lets see... "Samsung Unveils SGH-E620 Bluetooth Voice Recognition Phone" By Allen Tsai | Thu Jun 16, 2005 10:11 am -A 'speaker independent voice recognition' technology has been adopted to SGH-E620 so that voice recognition won't be limited to the voice type. The SGH-E620 supports 5 languages, namely English, French, Spanish, German and Italian.http://www.mobiledia.com/news/31329.html "Samsung Introduces Speech Recognition on Mobile Phone" Published: Jun 20, 2007 -This is the first time that consumers can dictate messages directly into the mobile phone according to Peter Skarzynski, vice-president of Samsung.http://www.axistive.com/samsung-introduces-speech-recognition-on-mobile-phone.html "Just speak it: introducing Voice Actions for Android" Thursday, August 12, 2010 | 10:26 AM -Call businesses and contacts, send texts and email, listen to music, browse the web, and complete common tasks, all just by speaking into your phone.http://googlemobile.blogspot.com/2010/08/just-speak-it-introducing-voice-actions.html ijs

8. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

@soycider INNOVATIVE APPLE......LMFAO

11. David G unregistered

Well, there were phones prior to the iPhone correct? We all know what they looked like and what the user experience was. The same is true here - the technology was developed long time ago, but more important is the implementation ...

12. SoyCider

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 28, 2011

they did implement in 2005 on SGH-E620. and then this might interest you:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OFJegbB3Gg with Galaxy S Uploaded by Dailyapper on Jul 26, 2010

23. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Good comment David but fandroids don't understand logic.

19. justjk unregistered

The LAST cell phone out today to currently get the newest version of android...SAMSUNG... The First of 73 new phones, all uping each other by one thing or another, all coming out, NEXT WEEK, Them The Week after that...... then the week after that.... and so on... and so on... SAMSUNG!! The First Company to bring you a NEWER, Better Android, Well those that will buy a new handset every other week....SAMSUNG!!!! The first Company fans who will DEFEND thir current offerings to the death, then Bitch, Moan, AND Gripe because thir device is being OVERLOOKED... SAMSUNG!!!! ENJOY!!!!!

47. Phullofphil

Posts: 1822; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

my iphone has voice reckognition right now but it just sucks and is limited. From what i read its really hard to come up a with good reliably voice-recognition. Takes time and money. Apple just didnt really seem to think it was as important i guess untill android came out and saw how well it workrd and how usefull it is.

10. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the biggest announcement in history!! thats already on every other platform!! this is going to be as game changing as when iOS invented MMS!! lololol

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