Apple releases iOS 5 beta 5; 'Speech-to-Text' feature revealed


5 Aug 2011
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Days after its official announcement, Apple has released the fifth beta version of its iOS 5 to the developers. The release of new beta version has gained an extensive media coverage across the world. The most notable and talked about feature in the fifth beta version is the improved compatibility between the iOS devices and hearing aids.
MacRumors in its report claims that the fifth beta version of the operating system comes with some notable fixes but excludes major additions. The addition of new features has been avoided perhaps to make space for a new feature called “Nuance-powered speech-to-text” capability.
The OS features a microphone button that is placed just next to the spacebar key on board and one needs to tap it to use. After the feature is activated, an image of mic is displayed on the screen until one is speaking. After one is done with speaking, the spoken text will appear in the text space.
The report further states that the new feature is in the testing phase and it is not necessary that it will appear in the final and official iOS 5. Moreover, the report quotes a source as saying that the new feature will be available only for for the iPhones and iPod Touch. However, 9to5Mac plays safe by saying the feature can also come to the iPads.

Source : Digit Magazine.
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