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Apple – Nuance VoiceOver technology coming to iOS 5, setting pages found in hidden menus

Well known Jailbreak expert Chronic, of Chronic Dev Team, discovered a couple of hidden menu pages have been found in the latest beta of iOS 5, confirming that Apple is heavily involved in bringing system wide voice integration to iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Voice recognition was widely rumored to be coming in iOS 5 however there was little mention of it at the recent  WWDC keynote. We did see it briefly mentioned on one of the slides but that was all.

The screenshots above show that the service will come as a partnership between Apple and Nuance; as was widely expected. Maybe we will see it all ready to go when Apple decides to reveal the next generation iPhone, expected to be around the time of the full release of iOS 5 in the fall.

The question is, will this be part of iOS 5 for all devices that can run it, just for Apple A5 powered devices, which would include iPad 2 and iPod touch 5 presumably, or just for the unannounced next generation iPhone?

[@chronic, @chronicwire]

UK editor at iMore, mobile technology lover and air conditioning design engineer.

  • Another question: Can it only be activated by bringing up the keyboard and pressing the mic button, or will it also be accessible via a long press of the home button?
  • I'm guessing A5 only.
  • It better be in with the iPhone 4. It wouldn't be hard to support it. I think they just wanted to save some features to show off at the iPhone 5 preview.
  • Will they finally add text to speech to iBook (Kindle does it), email, etc.
  • I find it hard to believe Apple would not support at least the iphone 4. It is still the primary sold device, and, even if Apple releases an iPhone 5, the iPhone 4 will still be sold as the lower cost model. Apple's pattern in the past has been to restrict some cool features to just those devices currently sold, which included the current model (iPhone 5?) and a single previous generation (iPhone 4)
  • Help I have tried to jailbreak my iPhone 3GS through jailbreakme and I only see a snow mountain. How do I do it?
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