Apple's new iOS 5 Assistant which is expected to be shown off at the October 4th media event.
The Siri/Nuance-based voice recognition Assistant will be the major new feature in the next generation iPhone and will be an iPhone 4S/5 exclusive feature. As detailed, the Assistant will allow users to speak to their iPhones in order to schedule appointments, send text messages, retrieve information and much more. Voice recognition happens on the fly and reportedly with great accuracy.
This artist rendition (see pic below) of what the Assistant interface looks like is based on sources with knowledge of the feature. "After a long press on the home button, the screen fades and slides up, just like with the multitasking interface. Revealed is a silver icon with an animated orbiting purple flare which indicates a ready state. From what we've been told, this image is a close representation of the actual Assistant interface," explains MacRumors.
"From there, the user may be taken to a conversation view that somewhat mimics Siri's original interface, but in Apple's own styling."
"After receiving spoken commands, the Assistant shows you back the recognized text and then takes the next step. This could involve sending a text message (with confirmation) or pulling data from Wolfram Alpha. The feature is said to be one of the major differentiators for the next generation iPhone," said MacRumors.
The concept video of iOS 5's Assistant feature is a work of artist Jan-Michael Cart, and is put together by MacRumors showing off what the Assistant interface might look like based on sources with "knowledge of the feature".