iPhone app news: Assistant voice control to headline iPhone 5

'System wide voice navigation system on the way' say reports

Apple news site 9to5Mac is claiming the inside scoop on the iPhone 5 and while hardware improvements are substantial, the biggest new feature is set to be a full voice control app called Assistant

With the iPhone 5 launch supposedly just a couple of weeks away, Apple site 9to5Mac has gone big on what it is claiming to be full details of Apple's new smartphone.

The site reckons the biggest selling point for the device will be the Assistant app cooked into iOS 5 that will allow users full voice control over their iPhone.

The Assistant feature will allow you to talk to your iPhone 5 by pressing and holding the home button.

Once the microphone pops up, you can give the handset a 'limitless' number of instructions. You can tell the device to make an appointment with someone, set reminders or ask it how to find a place through the Maps app.

Apparently, you can also dictate SMS or iMessage texts to the phone and tell the device who you want to send it to. The Assistant app will read it back to you and if it's correct, you can say 'Yes' and it will send.

According to the report, you can have actual conversations with your handset, it will ask you follow up questions based on your instructions, like 'which email address would you like to send it to.'

The report says: "Assistant is literally like a personal assistant, but in your phone. The speech interpretation is so accurate that users do not even have to speak very clearly or in a slow and robotic tone, according to a source familiar with the software.

"Users can simply talk how they would usually talk to another person, and the iPhone with Assistant will do its best to interpret the speech and provide accurate results."

As well as the new Assistant feature, 9to5 Mac reckons the iPhone 5 will have a healthy hardware update, with the A5 processor used on the iPad 2, with 1GB of RAM and a new 8-megapixel camera.

The report claims that Assistant will only work on the iPhone 5 as it will require the extra processing power and RAM.

Link: 9to5Mac