Apple is looking to develop some sort of voice recognition software for iOS.For developing purposes Apple began searching for four engineers with a specific focus on voice technologies in iOS. These four positions (1,2,3,4) break up into an iOS Speech Application Engineer, two Speech Recognition Engineers, and a Senior Speech Research Scientist. With three different job types, all with a focus on voice recognition, Apple appears to be serious about this.
Google also uses its powerful voice recognition system for their voicemail service, but it is unlikely that Apple will try to compete in this space.
Voice commands are especially useful when driving, and a dedicated application would be an excellent addition to iOS. A number of 3rd party voice command apps currently exist, but they can never have the full functionality of a baked-in system.
Check out a video of Siri’s voice recognition software running on iPhone for a peek into iOS’s future.