When Apple unveiled iOS 5 at the start of June, it highlighted many new features (Notification Centre,
PC free, iMessage and Newsstand) but one it failed to mention was the
integration of speech recognition.
Nuance is the company behind the Dragon speech recognition
engine for Mac and PC, and it has been uncovered that Nuance speech recognition
could be coming to iOS 5 for the iPhone and iPod touch, but not the iPad.
Indications of iOS 5’s speech-to-text functionality come via
screen shots sent to 9to5 Mac which show a microphone key located next to the space bar in the on-screen
Pressing this button brings up a new microphone overlay
(seen above) which will appear for as long as you are talking. Once you’ve
stopped talking the text will appear in the text field as seen in the picture
The iOS 5 software is in beta testing at the moment with a
launch due in the coming month or so. The sources also told 9to5 Mac that the
functionality will only be incorporated into the smaller iPhone and iPod touch
devices and not the all-conquering iPad devices.
Apple last year bought the Siri speech recognition app but
since Nuance is the technology behind this and many other speech recognition apps, it
is believed that Apple is talking directly to Nuance about this new
We won’t find out for sure if this is indeed included with
iOS 5 until the software is officially released, but its addition would surely enhance
all iOS devices.
Source: 9to5 Mac