Right now, if you use Dictation in iOS 6 your device needs to connect to the Internet to convert your speech to text. This is the case on the iPhone, iPod touch and the iPad, all of which have the capability built-in. One developer, Hamza Sood, has been digging into Apple’s latest iOS 7 releases, however, and discovered that Apple may be bringing the tech offline.
That could allow iOS 7 Dictation to work similarly to how it does on Android — the processing will be done locally, on the iOS device, instead of having to send the data to the cloud through a data connection. Sood noticed that iOS 7 has a string called “UIDictationStateWaitForLocalResults,” which clearly suggests that Apple is testing offline delivery of voice-to-text. 9to5Mac surmises this could eventually be used in Siri, which makes perfect sense, and would obviously allow for better performance in areas where Wi-Fi or another data connection isn’t available.
Apple discussed iSO 7 in depth during its Worldwide Developers Conference in June, though it seems there are still plenty of features that are being worked on. We imagine they’ll be discussed in more detail when Apple launches the iPhone 5S sometime between now and the fall.