Well, here’s a quick heads-up! According to the recent report of 9To5Mac, Apple is going to have an extensive voice recognition service in a future version of iOS called, “Assistant”. As already rumored earlier, Apple was planning to include voice-related features from its acquisition of personal assistant company Siri, and a partnership with speech-to-text specialists Nuance. However, Apple didn’t talk anything about such features when it first demoed iOS 5 at WWDC in June.
Well, this newly rumored “Assistant” feature in iOS 5 is claimed to take voice input along with other user specific information, such as, location and contacts, to provide a powerful service to the user;
We can imagine a user asking their iPhone “Assistant” to setup a movie with one of their friends. The user might say “setup movie with Mark” and based on Mark’s contact info and the user’s location data, will be able to offer tickets to a local theater and send Mark the information.
Also, according to the report of 9To5Mac, this new “Assistant” feature is under-developing, and may not be completed in-time for iOS 5, but found mentioning “Assistant” in deep iOS SDK.
“ASSISTANT_ENABLE_WARNING” = “Assistant uses your voice input and other information like your contact names, song names, and location to understand your requests. This data will be sent to Apple to process your request and to improve Apple products and services.”
Though Siri already has their iOS app “Siri Assistant” remains available in the App Store for download, but Siri focused on a concept called “Virtual Personal Assistants” (VPAs), which will complete the tasks for the users.
Virtual Personal Assistants (VPAs) represent the next generation interaction paradigm for the Internet. In today’s paradigm, we follow links on search results. With a VPA, we interact by having a conversation. We tell the assistant what we want to do, and it applies multiple services and information sources to help accomplish our task. Like a real assistant, a VPA is personal; it uses information about an individual’s preferences and interaction history to help solve specific tasks, and it gets better with experience.
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