“Apple is testing a local, offline version of Dictation voice input for iOS devices, according to strings of code found inside of the iOS 7 beta,” Mark Gurman reports for 9to5Mac. “The code, which was discovered by Hamza Sood, is located inside of both iOS 7 betas, but it is not present in iOS 6.”

“Based on what Apple is testing, future versions of iOS could allow an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to process and convert speech from a user right on the device itself,” Gurman reports. “This would speed up the process considerably allowing emails, text messages, notes, and web searches take place via voice quicker than ever.”

Gurman writes, “While we do not have evidence of this, it seems plausible that Apple could eventually port over this technology from Dictation to Siri.”

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