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iPhone 5 to include system-wide voice Assistant

9to5Mac spilled the beans on the plentiful amount of new features coming in the iPhone 5, which they seem to have confirmed with sources. There’s a lot we already expected, but the big news of the leak this morning is a voice-controlled Assistant.

Apple acquired Siri back in 2010, and up until now we haven’t heard much about Apple’s implementation of its technology. Assistant will be an exclusive feature to the iPhone 5, as it needs the extra processor power and RAM. It’s a system-wide voice navigation tool for controlling just about anything with your voice. Pressing and holding the iPhone’s home button will bring up Assistant, effectively replacing the original Voice Control function. From there, you can schedule appointments in the Calendar app, send a text message (or iMessage), get directions, and pretty much everything else.

The commands for Assistant are easy, but more extensive than before. Voice Control’s interface had quick commands scrolling by so you always knew how to go about speaking, but Assistant supposedly has the familiar Info button in the corner, which brings up common commands for completing tasks. Again, this is a lot like a Voice Control 2.0, in that most of the functionality in the iPhone 5 – as opposed to just making calls and listening to music – can now be controlled by voice. Presumably, Apple will release an Assistant API for developers to expand its usability even further.

In addition to this software news, there’s some interesting hardware specs. A beautiful 8 MP camera will be in the rear of the device and will include support for native panorama shots. The dual-core A5 chip and 1 GB of RAM will be inside, which is important to note because both show Apple’s need for better multitasking capabilities in the future. One thing 9to5Mac was silent about in the report is the iPhone 5 s new design. Most think it will feature a curved aluminum back, especially after the recent leaked cases from Case-Mate. There’s no information on the size of the display either. However, they did point out the new antenna system will have built-in support for both GSM and CDMA networks – ergo AT&T and Verizon.

Time is winding down for the big announcement. The hype is increasing, as are the leaks. We’re fairly certain the Apple event will take place on October 4th, which means those traditionally vague invitations from Cupertino should be going out some time this week. Stay tuned!

My iPhone (Covers iPhone 4, 4S and 5 running iOS 6) (6th Edition)

My iPhone (Covers iPhone 4, 4S and 5 running iOS 6) (6th Edition)

Step-by-step instructions with callouts to iPhone images that show you exactly what to do. Help when you run into iPhone problems or limitations. Tips and Notes to help you get the most from your iPhone. Full-color, step-by-step tasks walk you through getting and keeping your iPhone working just the way you want. The tasks include how to: Connect to the Internet, Bluetooth devices, Wi-Fi networks, and other iPhones, iPods, and iPads Use Siri to get information,

Mophie Juice Pack Air Battery Case For iPhone 5 Adds 1,700mAH Of Extra Juice

Mophie has announced the launch of a new external battery case designed for the iPhone 5 in the form of the Mophie Juice Pack Air, which has been created to add an extra 1,700 mAH for battery power to your iPhone 5 without adding lots of extra bulk.

The new Mophie Juice Pack Air has arrived just two weeks after the launch of the Mophie Juice Pack Helium external battery case also for Apple’s iPhone 5 device. Watch the video after the jump to see it in action.

Mophie Juice Pack Air

How To Install Siri on iPhone 4 JUST AS iPhone 5 – Multilanguages for iOS 6.1!

Hey JB’s. In my first video: http://www.youtube.com i showed you how to connect to Siri through Google Server (The owner of the server had to insert commands manually). Today i’m going to show you how to connect IPHONE 4 ONLY to the origianl apple servers that giving service to newer devices such as iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 and so on.. Before the guide, note that not all of you will have the luck and will manage to find a spot right away on apple servers! you should keep trying although Siri is sorry all the time! you will get your spot like i did. and now for the guide that is very similar to the old one. if you did steps 3-4, Do not do them again. Guide (do in the order that said in the guide and not as in the video): 1. Add the source: ihackstore.com 2. Download SiriDr and all the packages that come with it – Respring 3. Open Cydia and add the source: cydia.bassamkassem.com 4. Download [Ac!D]Siri-iOS 6.1 (About 10 Min’) – Respring 5. Go to to SiriDr icon on springboard, and press on the bottom bar at SiriDr Servers Now, press download the certificate, open in Safari and Install 6. Go back to SiriDr and Press the Siriserver For iOS 6 – Respring 7. You should be done for now, u can change the language in Settings – General – Siri (Enable it if it’s Disabled) 8. Try Siri continuslly Read Carfully and take responsabillty on your actions. Good luck. Please Share, Like, Subscribe, Follow twitter.com
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Why the iPhone 5 on Verizon and Sprint won’t do simultaneous voice and data

“A lot has changed in Apple’s new iPhone. But with the Verizon Wireless and Sprint versions of the iPhone 5, there’s something that will remain the same from the old model: The phone still won’t be able to place a call and handle data activity over the cellular network at the same time,” Brian X. Chen reports for The New York Times.

“Brenda Raney, a Verizon Wireless spokeswoman, said it was Apple’s decision to design the iPhone 5 so that customers could make voice calls and do Internet activity simultaneously only over Wi-Fi, not over Verizon’s cell network,” Chen reports. “‘The iPhone 5 is designed to allow customers to make voice calls on the Verizon Wireless network and surf the Web on Wi-Fi,’ she said in an e-mail. ‘It was an Apple decision.’”

Chen reports, “The explanation for this, it turns out, is complicated. The technology in 4G LTE networks does not currently handle voice transmissions; it only does data. So when you place a phone call on a 4G LTE smartphone, it’s actually rolling back to the carrier’s older second- or third-generation network, according to AnandTech, a Web publication that does deep analysis on hardware. That means when AT&T customers place a phone call and use data on the iPhone 5, both functions will roll back to AT&T’s older network, which can handle them simultaneously. When you place a phone call while using data in an app with a Verizon or Sprint iPhone 5, it will roll back to their older CDMA networks, which are not capable of simultaneously doing calls and data… In the next two years, 4G LTE technology is supposed to evolve to support voice calls…”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers "Judge Bork" and "Lynn Weiler" for the heads up.]

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