Apple’s next iPhone will reportedly boast the most avant-garde UI to-date for any technology, an investment expert has claimed.
Hot on the heels of Apple’s “Let’s Talk iPhone” announcement, investor Jason Schwarz forecasts the Cupertino-based giant will revolutionise the way we interact with smartphones.
Commenting on his blog, he wrote: “At the original iPhone event in January 2007, Steve Jobs stated, 'We are all born with the ultimate pointing device-our fingers-and iPhone uses them to create the most revolutionary user interface since the mouse.’
“Well, I would add that we're also born with the ultimate communication tool-our voice-and iPhone is about to create the most revolutionary user interface in the history of technology.”
The interface Schwarz is referring to is the a voice-guided assistant feature incoming with iOS 5 that’s been developed by speech technology outfit Siri, one of Apple’s latest acquisitions. Unlike voice search as we’ve seen with Google or Microsoft’s efforts, Siri’s tech allows the users to literally speak commands to the handset and see them performed. So for example, you could speak ‘send a cab to my dad’s house in half an hour’ and it would do just that. At least as far as video demonstrations tell us.
It’s worth noting that Schwarz is a known Apple evangelist and investor, so his endorsement of a new iKit is hardly surprising. However, he was also vocal in his support of the iPhone when it first launched and had yet to burst through the smartphone stratosphere, so we’re willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.
We’re certainly impressed by Siri. Perhaps not as much as to call it the ‘most revolutionary EVAR!’ but enough to think it will propel the consumer-friendly appeal of the iPhone miles further.
In any case, we’ll find out for sure when Apple hosts its press event on October 4th to unveil whatever it’s been cooking up since we last had this barbeque.