As awesome as the new iPhone 4S looks, there’s just one more thing that senior vice president of worldwide product marketing Phil Schiller left out of his keynote -- and it’s at the heart of the company’s “Let’s talk iPhone” invitation.
The dust has settled at Moscone West and the WWDC 2011 keynote is now only a memory. Apple CEO Steve Jobs and friends covered a lot of ground in only two hours, but like many keynotes before it, some of the more interesting possibilities are the ones that didn’t get talked about.
Everyone’s talking about rumored voice recognition features in iOS 5, but the future is now thanks to Voice Control. With it you can control two of your iOS 4 device’s most important features –– making phone calls and playing music –– with simple spoken directions. The trick is using Voice Control’s pre-set commands to make it understand you.
Ever wish you drove a sentient, intelligent talking car--like KITT in Knight Rider? Unfortunately, we still don’t have that kind of technology readily available, but at least voice-controlled Bluetooth hands-free car kits, like this one from Moshi, help us keep our eyes on the road while we’re driving.
This week, we'll be taking a look at using Apple's Voice Control on the iPhone and iPod touch while listening to music. This feature was introduced on the iPhone 3GS and recent iPod touch models, works on the iPhone 4, and can be used with the included Apple earbuds with a remote and mic, or any other compatible earbuds and headphones. Get ready to start telling your iPhone or iPod touch what to do, but be prepared to listen once in a while because the device might have something to say back. Sorry iPad users, you'll have to sit out on this one--again.