The hot new rumour about the iPhone 5 is that it is going to be packaged with an enhanced voice recognition service.
Previous generations of the Apple iPhone have come with Google voice recognition technology but the rise of Google’s own Android phones has seen that relationship cool off somewhat and Apple chiefs have been working on a deal with another group of voice recognition specialists to take their plans forward.
According to some sources, the most likely provider of the technology for the iPhone 5 appeared to be Microsoft but it turns out that the Apple bosses have been in talks with the voice recognition experts at Nuance, and it will be this firm which brings their knowhow to the new phone.
The exact new features which will be included haven’t been revealed yet but a recent job advert from Apple for an iOS Speech Operation Engineer shows that it is something they are taking seriously, as they attempt to peg back the perceived gap which has developed been their phones and the Android powered rivals in this matter.
There is already a fair number of patents around which Apple have taken out in this area, and it will be fascinating to see if they decide to make speech recognition one of the main, stand out elements of the new phone or whether they will simply include a modest enhancement to what previous models of the iPhone can already do.
What voice recognition features would you like to see put on the new iPhone 5?