Seems that Apple and Nuance Communications are working in partnership to leverage the voice recognition technology of Nuance in Apple’s new data centre (see earlier post). Rumours are that Apple may be planning to use Nuance software to provide services to iOS users and possibly as part of an iCloud service, rumoured to be the replacement for MobileMe.
Certainly, the partnership with Nuance is a very smart move by Apple and will allow them more freedom than relying on third-party servers. Coming as it does after Apple’s acquisition of Siri last year, it all seems such a natural development. Expect to see an announcement at WWDC in June.
In response to the question why doesn’t Apple just buy Nuance Communications instead of entering into partnership with them? Simply put, if they bought Nuance (value @ $6billion) then all its partnerships with other companies (of which there are many keys ones) would terminate and Apple wouldn’t get everything its getting through the partnership.
- Apple exploring deal with voice recognition company Nuance (edibleapple.com)
- Woz was right after all: Apple may be looking to acquire Nuance (slashgear.com)
- Apple May Not Have Bought Nuance But… (techcrunch.com)
- Apple Negotiating With Nuance Over Voice Recognition Technology? (macstories.net)
- Apple might buy Nuance after all (9to5mac.com)
- “Apple discussing Voice Recognition for iOS 5, with Nuance?” and related posts (zomgitscj.com)
- Apple, Nuance reportedly in acquisition talks (intomobile.com)
- Apple attempts to perfect iPhone 5 voice control with Nuance (thenextweb.com)
- Is a Nuance and Apple deal in the works? (tuaw.com)
- Nuance Deal Could Be Game Changer for Apple’s iOS 5 (pcworld.com)
- Apple said talking to Nuance for voice recognition in iOS 5 (electronista.com)
- 7 Reasons Not to Worry This Week (fool.com)
- 4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Nuance Communications (fool.com)