Faster hardware, improved battery life, a better camera—all good things, but all expected too. The real surprise in the iPhone 4S is Siri, the voice-activated technology that promises to revolutionize the way we communicate with mobile devices. If Siri rings a bell, you may have used the free Siri Assistant app (now gone from the App Store), which helped users find restaurants, movies, taxis, and more, nearly two years before Apple’s system-wide integration of the technology.
New findings suggest that iOS 5 will include a voice navigation system called "Assistant". This possible app could tap into a user’s address book, email, calendars, phone application, and possibly be able to open links. Apple is apparently partnering with one or two software developers that have had success building these types of applications.
Assistant could be built on the Siri platform. Or, perhaps the Nuance platform. Or, according to this report, both.
Amidst rumors that Apple was working closely with Nuance Communications to bring voice command integration into iOS 5, the creator of popular free apps such as Dragon Dictation has quietly slipped the technology into the App Store instead, in the form of a new free Dragon Go! app.