If you haven’t figured it out by now, there’s more to iOS 5 than meets the eye. Since the new software was unveiled in June, Apple has been holding some of its best features close to the vest as it fine-tunes them to perfection.

One of those top secret features is a system-wide utility known as Assistant. The voice-activated digital concierge can do anything from sending text messages to performing internet searches. Want to see how it could work?

MacRumors, in conjunction with a recent 9to5Mac report and their own information, has created an artist rendition of what they believe Assistant’s interface will look like (above). MacRumors’ Arnold Kim explains the feature:

“After a long press on the home button, the screen fades and slides up, just like with the multitasking interface. Revealed is a silver icon with an animated orbiting purple flare which indicates a ready state. From what we’ve been told, this image is a close representation of the actual Assistant interface.”

But Kim didn’t stop there. The site contracted well-known iOS concept artist Jan-Michael Cart to put together a “video representation” of the Assistant workflow. Although some minor details might be off, Kim believes it gives us a good idea of what to expect.

Those that have used the Assistant feature have said that its voice recognition is extremely accurate, and it’s expected to be a game changer. And with rumors mounting that we won’t be seeing all-new hardware next week, expect the software to be over the top.

What’s your take on the Assistant feature?

  • ozgur

    I love this guy. Amazing concept videos 🙂

  • MisterExx

    15 months and not “all new” hardware is unacceptable. Even though this feature may be a game changer in the software front, I think Apple is clearly mistaken if they think this feature is going to be the thing that keeps all their customers. People are demanding hardware. So if Apple doesn’t unveil a whole new phone, I say “sorry Apple, but do better.”

    • Andres R.

      And then they’re gonna tell you “Sorry MisterExx, but your personal dissatisfaction isn’t going to dent our multimillion dollar empire. Nice knowing you.”

      • Andrew

        Multibillion* 😉

        Agreed

  • Mitch

    That is freakin’ awesome!

    • Ohhhhh My

      Wow you trolls have such vital information to share , you all should think before you speak, actually think and wait 24hrs than speak ! Thanks

  • sean

    Nnniiiiiccceeeeed , ready for my iphone 5 , im getting the itv with it too

    • MrA

      Apple TV*

      😉

      It’s great, if you jailbreak it. If not, it’s pretty much just a ppv box.

      • sean

        Ios 5 having tv out for apple tv and mirroring . i have hella movie sites, so itll be nice to use without av cables

  • I love the animation…. Very cool….. HOWEVER…..

    Isn’t the new Home key supposed to be more rectangular and not round?!

    I loved the round purple spiral in the animation, but I don’t see how that will look as cool in a rectangle.

    I guess we have to wait til next week to know for sure! LOL C’est la vie!!!

  • Andrew

    Sucks that it will only work with iphone 5 (or 4s or whatever it will be called) 🙁

    • MrA

      It will be called iPhone 5.

    • Hendo27

      How do you figure. Obviously the video does not have an iPhone 4s or 5 in it!!!!!!!!!!! It also states that ” those that have used the assistant feature have said”!!!! Obviously they weren’t using it on a 5 or 4s!!!!

  • Lucas K.

    Now that is going to be a great feature. Now you can text and drive without texting lol. Seriously though this will save a lot of time doing simple tasks and I can only imagine the jailbreak possibilities here.

  • Shelbythekid

    This will be nice, but not a “game changer” or put the iPhone over the top! I’ve had iPhones since they came out, I love them! A real game changer would be not needing iTunes, or being able to sync to more than one computer! Thats what holds these phones back… Just saying

  • Shelbythekid

    This will be nice, but not a “game changer” or put the iPhone over the top! I’ve had iPhones since they came out, I love them! A real game changer would be not needing iTunes, or being able to sync to more than one computer! Thats what holds these phones back