It looks like the new iPhone 5 will be announced on October 4th. One of the stronger rumors point to ‘deep’ voice command integration with the new iPhone. Accurate voice command of our devices has always been a goal of tech visionaries, so it’s only a matter of time before we get there.
But will we actually want to control our iPhones with our voice?
Voice control exists for simple commands on the current generation iPhone, but how often have you used it? I haven’t hardly at all. Is it that I don’t think the phone can understand my commands accurately? Or is it because I don’t want to talk to my phone?
I think about where I use my phone and if I’d feel comfortable blurting out commands. Standing in line at the DMV do I really want to say, “Open Safari – go to tmz.com.” Or at work, do I need to let the office know that I’d like to, “Text Mom – I’ll call you later when I’m not busy.”
Maybe these are extreme examples, but one of the best things about using a smartphone is their silent nature. Being able to discreetly communicate, play games and browse online without anyone knowing what you’re doing.
Don’t get me wrong, better voice control definitely has benefits. Further enabling visually impaired users and hands free car control just to name a couple. But how often will we use it for everyday applications? If it works as good as I know Apple wants it to, we’ll find out soon enough.