Ars TechnicaÂ has heard from those ever-enigmatic â€œsources familiar withâ€ that there might just be more going on behind the rumored new Voice Control feature in iPhone 3.0 than weâ€™veÂ seenÂ so far:
Jibbler appears be an enhancement to the iPhone SpringBoard application, the Finder-esque app that acts as a launcher and will support the newly announced 3.0 Spotlight search. Jibbler may be controlled via the iPhone headsetâ€”button squeezes could be used to record short voice segments from the user, which Jibbler will then interpret. Voice synthesis can then be used to give the user a response, similar to the latest generation iPod shuffle, which can â€œreadâ€ playlists and track namesâ€”the difference being that the iPhone hardware itself could handle real-time voice synthesis.
Okay, so the code-name is worthy of aÂ Microsoft de-branding exercise, but the technology is intriguing. Apple certainly has taken steps towards voice implementation with the latestÂ iPod shuffleâ€™s VoiceOver and recent headsets have raised the bar (perhaps too much) onÂ control clicks.