Nuance VoiceOver technology still coming to iOS 5?

It looks as if iOS 5 may still be coming packed with the rumored Nuance VoiceOver technology even though it wasn't given an official mention during Monday's WWDC keynote.

If you look closely at the image above presented during the iOS 5 portion of the keynote, you'll notice a few interesting tidbits pertaining to iOS VoiceOver integration.

  • VoiceOver action support
  • VoiceOver item chooser
  • Option to speak text selection

This implies that Apple and Nuance may not have been fully prepared to show off their iOS 5 VoiceOver system in time for the keynote, but that it's still in the pipeline and should be ready to go this fall when iOS 5 drops. It's unclear whether Apple will allow 3rd party apps to take advantage of these new features or if it will only extend to system apps.

What do you think, will we see Nuance/SIRI VoiceOver technology baked-in to iOS 5 or are we just wishful thinking?

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Nuance VoiceOver technology still coming to iOS 5?

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BoyOhBoy would I like to be able to speak my texts/emails. The iPhone has gotten me so that I have kind of a phobia about making phone calls. I only like communicating via text for some reason. Probably on account of years of shoddy AT&T service...
Praying this comes to pass.

It could be iPhone 5 only. I recall the 3GS launched with voice controls, and the older models didn't get it. There has to be something more "wow" than a dual-core processor.
I'm also expecting to see third party widgets (in the notification drop down) announced.

I would love for my next phone to have 3rd party widgets in the notification bar! Following the laker scores at work or in class would the bomb.com! Lol

This wouldn't be the first time that they've held back a major piece for the full release, would it be? Wasn't there something in iOS 4 that wasn't released until it came out?

No, it's not the first time. They didn't mention video at WWDC either because it would've given away the new 3GS.

Maybe THAT'S what I'm thinking about! I know it was something fairly big.
I imagine voiceover for sure (seeing some of those slides) and still hope for widgets?
Though notifications was my huge one!

I really really hope they move forward on voice recognition. Granted, most of the things I envied on Android, such as notifications, cloud sync, etc., have been solved. However, the ability to speak into an Android phone and have it set up voice-guided navigation, for no cost, is HUGE. I will continue to miss that.

VoiceOver is included in iOS5 beta tucked in the Accessibility settings. Haven't played with them yet, but will report back after trying.

You don't seem to understand what we're talking about. Not having the phone talk to you (always been there), but dictating commands to the phone.

Voiceover would be great, navigation would be better coming from android that is one of the most lacking parts about iOS.

It's not like there's a shortage of navigation apps is it?
Why would you want/need an online navigation system baked into the maps.app when you can have offline maps? I've been to enough rural places in the UK were having online only nav would have been useless as the nearer I got to my destination the less likely to have a mobile signal I was therefore rendering it pointless!

None of the navigation apps have voice recognition and that's important because it's hard to input POI's while driving! I sure hope that voice recognition is supported in IOS5!

VoiceOver is an accessibility feature that speaks the text on the screen. It's not voice control.

Ummmm, VoiceOver is screen-reading, not voice control or dictation... even those things listed don't sound like voice control features to me.

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