Originally Posted by Sierrajeff
Double ugh. Better be able to turn it off. There's little I hate more in the tech world that overly intrusive software. Remember "Clippy"? This better not be Clippy *with a voice*.
I doubt that the OS response is spoken. Rather, you talk to the phone and it presents you with choices-- so that if you say "call Joe" you'll get a list of any numbers you have for Joe, which is just as it should be. Not intrusive at all, since you've already chosen voice control at that point and the OS isn't just throwing up options willy nilly ala Clippy.
I have to say, if the rumored voice control/recognition is as slick and integrated as rumored, I think it will a huge game changer, one of the biggest Apple has ever done.
No one, to date, has actually gotten voice control right. Either the error rate is too high, it's slow, you have to jump through too many hoops, or it's just easier to press some buttons.
What is being described works as follows: you long press the home button, say "Dinner with Jim tomorrow night at 7 at the nearest Chow", and the OS (apparently almost instantly) makes a calendar entry, shows a map for where the restaurant is, and offers a phone number to touch so you can call and make a reservation. Or, with the Wolfram Alpha integration, long press the home button and say "How many kilometers in 15 miles?" and you get a number almost instantly. Or "how far from here to St. Louis?" You get the idea.
It makes the iPhone a different kind of device, in a way that neatly sidesteps all the old problems of shoehorning an intuitive way of doing complex things into a tiny form factor. If they've actually pulled it off, it will be a huge coup and sales driver, and one that really lends itself to some killer ads.