Screenshot of speech-to-text activation key found in iOS 5 beta 5 hidden keyboard


Screenshot of speech to text activation found in iOS 5 beta 5 hidden keyboard

A screenshot has been found in the latest iOS 5 beta 5 release which again reveals that text to speech may be coming in the final version of iOS 5. Last month we saw some screenshots of a settings screen which allowed you to turn the voice assistant on and off. Now we have another screenshot showing how to activate the speech-to-text from within an app.

Looking at the screenshot, it couldn’t be much simpler. On the keyboard is a microphone icon, click on that and a second screen appears. This allows you to talk into the phone; the voice is then translated to written text and inserted into the text field. According to the same source, this speech to text will only be available for the iPhone and iPod touch. Of course this is a beta we are talking about and things change all the time prior to final release.

This could be a really killer feature of iOS 5; when it is launched in the fall. I would like to see a way of talking to your iPhone without the need to press any buttons. It has been done before by the use of a magic word. You set up one specific word to wake up the phone. The downside is battery life; the iPhone would need to be in a listening state all the time, which would suck up your battery.

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Screenshot of speech-to-text activation key found in iOS 5 beta 5 hidden keyboard


Hopefully this will work in other languages too.
At the moment the german iOS voice control is very bad, the speaker sounds like a robot and it doesn't work properly.

Is this for people who are too lazy to type a text message?? I can see it being useful in other areas but a text, c'mon, be serious, you have to be proper bone idle to not type a text.

Thats nice. Like your own comment.
It can be useful. Then again you may be young and like to text a lot to your "bffs"

It would be useful for visually impaired people, who could have their texts read out to them and respond with their voice.

The juice packs are great, but the idea of your phone listening ALL DAY EVERY DAY for that one word seems unnecessary. I think pressing a button is simple enough.

Is it just me who isn't that hyped about this feature. Apart from writing long messages/documents or navigation apps I don't see myself using this too much. I appreciate it as an added feature but as THE killer feature of iOS 5!?

what "killer feature" do you actully want thats not already on android and won't be a gimmik? Because people wanted apple to design a "magical and revoluary" notification UI. All you need to do is view your missed calls, texts and voice mails. Why have some fancy gizmo UI?

I really doubt this is coming with iOS 5.0.. I'm thinking it'll come with one of the smaller releases... Like 5.1...

"I would like to see a way of talking to your iPhone without the need to press any buttons." No. Just talk to yours, please. OK?

So, when I tell the person next to me to "call Dave", my phone starts calling a different Dave from my contacts?
No thanks.

I'm excited about this. Will be great for me when driving. I'll use it quite a bit when on my business road trips!

I did say it could have its uses if you actually read what I put but for texting, no and in the car no, tbh anything that takes away your full concentration while driving is bad, just because you aren't holding or looking at your phone doesn't make it any safer, if you are thinking about and focusing on something, you aren't focusing on driving ... What has that got to do with being closed minded ?? I specifically mentioned texting, nothing else !!

Sure. 160 character limit but we all know you can go beyond that (I do all the time) and for those who actully send actual words in texting its usefull

ahh so apple fans are getting super happy over what android has had for not bashing i have had an ip4 until a month or 2 back just find it funny when i use to read comments of how no on ever used it etc

Well said. I fell the same way you do. But hey if people want to act like 3 year olds let them. No sweat off your back.

Speech to text means I can walk down the street, talk to myself into Ipod touch and have an essay all written up before I get to the store. I must have this. Is it out there?

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