The iPhone and Assistant

9to5 reports on  Assistant, a rumored marquee feature of the forthcoming iPhone. Built on Siri (which Apple purchased last year), Assistant would significantly improve the iPhone’s voice recognition technology. Mark Gurman writes:

“…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.”

It sounds fantastic, but I’ll believe it when I see it. Voice Control isn’t very appealing or useful as it exists today, though I realize it doesn’t have the benefit of the technology Apple acquired from Siri (and Nuance, if that rumor is true).

Apple certainly wasn’t the first to add voice recognition to a mobile device, but it’s made a habit of exchanging “first” for “right.”