Few More Details About Upcoming iPhone Revealed

Submitted by lalit on September 26, 2011 - 2:36pm.

9to5mac has posted an article titled “It’s time to show our cards” about upcoming iPhone launch. Most of the hardware information that they posted is the same old news dual-core A5 processor, 8-megpaixel camera and Qualcomm Gobi chip. However, it’s the information about the upcoming software features that is very interesting. Mark Gurman wrote on 9to5mac:

Although some may be happy with the new iPhone’s substantial internal hardware boosts, the new device’s biggest selling point is actually a software feature called Assistant. From what we’ve heard, the Siri-based Assistant is described as the biggest game changer in this year’s iPhone.

To activate, the user holds down the home button for a couple of seconds (loads much quicker than Voice Control because of the A5 chip/RAM) and then the microphone interface “slides up” from the bottom in a clever animation. The speech interface doesn’t cover your entire view, just about the bottom fourth of the display – like the multitasking/app-switcher function. The feature even works from the lock screen.

Assistant taps into many aspects of the iPhone, according to people familiar with the feature and SDK findings. For example, one can say make appointment with Mark Gurman for 7:30 PM and Assistant will create the appointment in the user’s calendar. On noting events, Assistant also allows users to set reminders for the iOS 5 Reminders application. For example, a user could say “remind me to buy milk when I arrive at the market.” Another example would be integration with the iOS Maps application. A user could ask: “how do I get to Staples Center?” and Assistant will use the user’s current location via GPS and provide directions.

One of the key elements of Assistant is the conversation view. The system will actually speak back and forth with the user to gain the most information in order to provide the best results. The user essentially can hold a conversation with their iPhone like it is another human being. For example, if a user is making a meeting with me, they will say “setup meeting with Mark” and the first “bubble” of the conversation thread will say that. After that, the system will speak back: “which e-mail address should Mark be notified at, work or personal?”

Assistant is literally like a personal assistant, but in your phone. The speech interpretation is so accurate that users do not even have to speak very clearly or in a slow and robotic tone, according to a source familiar with the software. Users can simply talk how they would usually talk to another person, and the iPhone with Assistant will do its best to interpret the speech and provide accurate results.

Mark talks about the Assistant feature in much more detail in the article check it out for sure. If Apple is able to implement such a sophisticated voice system in next iPhone it will be a really big deal. However, we hope that Apple does announce a redesigned iPhone 5 with this feature and it will be the phone to have.