iPhone 5 could offer a host of voice recognition functions, amid rumours that Apple has strengthened its ties with speech and imagine solutions provider Nuance.
According to Tech Crunch, the company is already using the UK-based voice recognition company’s software in its new data centre in North Carolina.
The software will reportedly enable Cupertino to “process this voice information for iOS users faster” and will clear the way for it to “build on top of the technology, and improve upon it as they see fit” – presumably in new services.
Suggestions that voice recognition will be a big part of the next major platform upgrade for iOS powered kit have been swirling for some time, reaching fever pitch recently when Apple completed the acquisition of voice command interpreter Siri.
It is thought that Apple will look to offer a service comparable with Android handsets optimised for Google's voice recognition technologies, which currently far outstrip anything offered by the iPhone.
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