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Apple Went to Great Lengths to Obscure its Speech Recognition Interface in iOS 5

Apple's latest iOS 5 Beta 5 contains the interface elements for their rumored upcoming Speech Recognition features. The screenshot below (via 9to5Mac) shows a microphone button found on the standard text keyboard in iOS. Pressing on the microphone button will bring up a microphone speech screen where you presumably start speaking.

Apple has long been rumored to be working on an intelligent assistant speech interface to iOS based on their Siri acquisition. This latest screenshot shows how the speech recognition can be called up from any standard text entry field.


We've confirmed that the above interface does exist (in dormant form) in the latest iOS 5 beta 5. Once activated, however, the speech interface isn't yet functional. Apple hasn't included all the pieces required to enable the speech recognition. Apple has been said to be in negotiations with Nuance to power the upcoming speech recognition technology in iOS 5.

But perhaps more interesting is that that Apple seems to have gone out of its way to keep it hidden from prying eyes. Apple's certainly aware that individuals comb through every new developer beta looking for hints of upcoming features. In this instance, they've obfuscated the names of various pieces of the interface. For example, calling the microphone button "forward delete key" and the keyboard pretends to be a "Dvorak" keyboard. The move is a reflection of the increased scrutiny of Apple's moves but also the relative significance of this feature that Apple has gone out of its way to hide.

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35 months ago

It's about time they finally copied all these features from Android. I wonder if they held off because they didn't want it to look like they copied from anyone else. I say, who cares! If there is something good already out there, copy it!


Note how Apple actually paid money to purchase Siri, and is holding negotiations to licence Nuance's technology.

THAT is how a mature company behaves. When they use someone else's ideas, and technologies, they pay for it.

Google simply goes ahead and steals it.
Rating: 36 Positives
35 months ago
It's about time they finally copied all these features from Android. I wonder if they held off because they didn't want it to look like they copied from anyone else. I say, who cares! If there is something good already out there, copy it!
Rating: 28 Positives
35 months ago
I hope it actually works.
Rating: 21 Positives
35 months ago

This hiding kind of sucks and it's all due to developers who leak info from the private beta. I wish Apple could seriously go after every single one that leaks these things. You signed an NDA, for god's sake :(

That little rant aside: yay for voice recognition, if it works well :D


I wonder, you are saying NDA should be enforced. But you and i and many others Read a site that is named Macrumors....:rolleyes:
Rating: 19 Positives
35 months ago

What I hope is that they integrate it into Voice Control and add a lot more commands. Right now it doesn't even understand "play podcast ..." That's just plain pathetic.


Even worse is that it fails to comprehend, "Make me a sandwich!" :(
Rating: 17 Positives
35 months ago
This hiding kind of sucks and it's all due to developers who leak info from the private beta. I wish Apple could seriously go after every single one that leaks these things. You signed an NDA, for god's sake :(

That little rant aside: yay for voice recognition, if it works well :D
Rating: 15 Positives
35 months ago

It's about time they finally copied all these features from Android. I wonder if they held off because they didn't want it to look like they copied from anyone else. I say, who cares! If there is something good already out there, copy it!


Note how Apple actually paid money to purchase Siri, and is holding negotiations to licence Nuance's technology.

THAT is how a mature company behaves. When they use someone else's ideas, and technologies, they pay for it.

Google simply goes ahead and steals it.


This. ^

+ 100

Enough said. :)
Rating: 14 Positives
35 months ago

It's about time they finally copied all these features from Android. I wonder if they held off because they didn't want it to look like they copied from anyone else. I say, who cares! If there is something good already out there, copy it!


Sniff... sniff... smells like a troll in here...

http://postimage.org/image/2j8n2jvl0/
Rating: 12 Positives
35 months ago
The space bar is important and I think making it smaller is going to cause problems.

Also its the most used key, so I could easily see the Microphone button being accidentally pressed all the time!

What a nightmare ...Can we all agree that it would be better to place the Microphone button next to the Camera button !



Apple ! Please, if your listening....Change it
Rating: 11 Positives
35 months ago

... I don't know what to say. No I take it back I just don't know how to phrase it. Um ok here it goes. Why would you talk to your phone to translate to text to be sent to someone. Why not just call them? Oh you just want to leave them a message. VOICEMAIL! Plus there is the possibility of it hearing you wrong. What if you text your mom and say, Mom I love you and it thinks you say Mom eye... not even going to go there. I just don't know. It's kind of taking the fun out of texting.


No.
Rating: 11 Positives

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