If you were paying attention to the WWDC 2013 keynote presentation when OS X Mavericks was being talked about you will realize that on under the hood improvement that will be appreciated by users is offline speech to text (Siri dictation). Right now if you use Siri dictation it requires you to be connected to the internet, which sometimes means errors and long-loading times.
Those running Mavericks will have an option to download a file that is close to 1GB to power offline dictation. This powerful feature might not just be limited to OS X though.
It was discovered by 9To5Mac that although there is no mention of offline dictation on Apple’s official iOS 7 website, there is indeed code references inside both iOS 7 betas. These code references are not present in iOS 6.
The functionality is currently not active in public-facing builds, but we are told that devices internal to Apple have the function up and running.
We are also told that while local dictation is an option in these seeds, the former, cloud-based dictation process is present for certain situations. Perhaps this will be an option in Settings or an option based on internet conditions.
Apple will either make offline dictation available to newer iOS devices or the company could even make it an iPhone 5S exclusive feature. The Fruit Company has been known to put in exclusive software features in new devices to convince people to update.
Would offline Siri dictation seem like a useful feature to have in iOS? Or could you care less? Let us know in the comments section below.