By Harry McCracken | Monday, June 6, 2011 at 6:07 pm
And a bonus WWDC question #1: what happened to the voice recognition–provided through technology from the Siri app which Apple acquired last year and/or a partnership with Nuance–which was allegedly going to be part of iOS 5?
I guess they ran out of magic unicorn dust… Hey, there's only so much of that stuff to go around…
Voice has got to be super hard. It's bad enough with English, but think of all the other languages in the world.
There is an old anecdote that Gracie Allen always said that just before she leaves the house she would remove one item of jewelry so that she was never overdressed. Maybe voice was just one too many.
Windows phone mango will have lots of voice features built in when it ships. Maybe it's harder for apple to make such big changes now that iOS is so mature.
I suspect it has more to do with the processing power needed to perform voice recognition. I bet the 3GS is not up to snuff, and Apple doesn't want to release software that is not compatible with hardware it is still selling new.
It will probably be included in an update as soon as they stop selling the 3GS.
I agree but also think Apple probably wants to make sure everything is super polished before releasing it. I bet its not quite up to "Apple Spec" for iOS5