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Nuance Dictation speech-to-text in iOS 5 beta 4

updated 06:25 am EDT, Sun July 24, 2011

Nuance Dictation speech-to-text details emerge

It is already known that Apple will be utilizing Nuance's voice-recognition technology in the Siri-based "Assistant" feature. However, thus far little has been known about how Apple may integrate Nuance's technology deeper into iOS to combat Android. A code string (embedded below), however, may contain some clues. Some detective work by 9to5Mac seems to have shed more light on how Apple may plan to integrate Nuance Dictation as a system-wide speech-to-text feature in iOS 5.

Based on the code string, it appears that Apple plans on integrating voice dictation in its system-wide keyboard with a "start" button that will trigger a voice recorder. As in Android, users will see a microphone appear, followed by having their spoken words analyzed and then converted into text. Users will be able to choose to have these dropped into a document, e-mail or SMS, for example.

Apple has been long rumored to integrate Nuance's technology into the iPhone for some time. In buying Siri, and its associated search app, it would have needed to license Nuance's technology regardless. Nuance already has a free Dragon Dictation app on the iTunes App Store that is representative of how its technology will work in iOS. However, this requires users to launch a separate app each time they want to use the feature. Clearly, integrating voice-to-text in the OS is a much more elegant solution. [via 9to5Mac]

by MacNN Staff



  1. Inkling

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Oh great!

    Oh great, we already have to endure people in public places talking loudly on their cell phones. Now will have them dictating letters, composing email, creating to-do lists, and all sorts of things that we'd rather not have to listen to.

  1. smittie

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Talk to our computers?? Really?

    "I can't do that, Dave."

    I really do not understand the fascination with having to talk to computers. Just imagine how awesome that will be to work at office cubical farm where everyone is trying to talk to their computer. It's bad enough when they are all trying to talk on the phone. No thanks. I really have no interest in talking to my computer. Additionally, I have even less interest in having to listen to people in the restaurant trying to talk to theirs.

  1. milkmage

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Dragon Go!

    Nuance has another app out there. it's pretty cool "find movies with Harrison Ford on IMDB" or "where can I buy dog food near me" maps, google, images, youtube, twitter, wikipedia, amazon, imdb are all supported in the app.

  1. macnews1

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Yes, want to talk

    I want to talk to my computer - WHEN I choose. It would be nice to talk to text sometimes, others not so much. It would be nice to dictate notes when I need them, or just record a meeting and have the audio available along with a text editable version.

    Sure, I don't need to go crazy but there are many times where talking to the computer along with physical input would be nice.

  1. qytqyt

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Talking is new?

    You know , whenever I go to a restaurant I want to be assured that no-one is talking to anyone else either. I just can't abide it when two people are sitting next to each other trying to decide on what to buy at the grocery store. Totally rude and unnatural. Now, if they start shouting, I go crazy :D If they talk quietly, everything is cool. So it goes with these little devices too!

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