9to5Mac is claiming some giant news about the next iPhone. The specs aren’t shocking: a generous 1GB of RAM and the iPad 2’s A5 processor. But what Apple’s going to push hardest is Assistant: your iPhone talks to you.
From 9to5Mac’s explanation based on “people familiar with the feature and SDK findings”, Assistant is going to be spectacularly helpful:
One can say make appointment with Mark Gurman for 7:30 PM and Assistant will create the appointment in the user’s calendar. On noting events, Assistant also allows users to set reminders for the iOS 5 Reminders application. For example, a user could say “remind me to buy milk when I arrive at the market.” Another example would be integration with the iOS Maps application. A user could ask: “how do I get to Staples Center?” and Assistant will use the user’s current location via GPS and provide directions.
Another interesting Assistant feature is the ability to create and send an SMS or iMessage with just your voice. For example, you can say “send a text to Mark saying I’ll be running late to lunch!” — and it will send.
And that’s just part of it.
Android’s had pretty good voice commands based on Google juices, but if Assistant lives up to these claims, it sounds like it’ll blow it away.