How Assistant Will Change the Way You Use the iPhone 5

In addition to the iPhone 5 and iOS 5, we expect Apple will announce a new app called Assistant at the “Let’s Talk iPhone” event on October 4th.

The Apple Assistant will be the new feature that Apple holds back for the new iPhone 5 and possibly the iPhone 4S. This will be a part of iOS 5, but will only show up on the new phones, which Apple hopes you’ll purchase on release day or soon after.

(Read: iPhone 5 Specs Leak: Larger Display, Better Camera and “4G”)

The Apple Assistant app is rumored to combine the voice recognition capabilities of Nuance (makers of Dragon Dictate for Mac and Naturally Speaking for Windows) and Siri.

Apple Assistant App in iOS 5

Apple Assistant App in iOS 5

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Siri debuted as a standalone app that let you ask your “assistant” to do things like send text messages, check your flight, ask Google Maps for directions and a variety of other tasks.

We expect that Apple will build on these features, and as part of iOS 5. It’s not yet clear if all apps will respond to Assistant commands, or if Apple will need to provide access, but it shouldn’t be too long before we find out.

MacRumors had a demo of how Assistant might work put together, which you can see below.

As you can see, the Assistant is expected to be an integral part of the new iPhone, and could change the way you use the iPhone 5.

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We’ll compare Assistant to voice controls and voice command apps on Android and Windows Phone 7 once we have time to go hands on with the finished product.

We expect Apple will announce the iPhone 5 and the iOS 5 release date on October 4th at Apple’s headquarters.

The iPhone 5 will be available on AT&T and Verizon, and likely on Sprint. A recent leak suggests that even smaller pre-paid carriers will have the iPhone 5.

Apple will also announce iOS 5, a new operating system for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. This new software brings better notifications, a better camera app and over 200 new features to the iPhone 5 and existing iPhones.