Just off the heels of a report claiming that Apple was in negotiations with Nuance Communications to bring that company’s voice recognition technology to iOS 5. A day later and and now a report from TechCrunch claims that Apple will be using Nuance’s technology in conjunction with their North Carolina data center. This will be […]
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Report Claims Apple’s North Carolina Data Center To Be Used with Nuance’s Services

aa1.jpgJust off the heels of a report claiming that Apple was in negotiations with Nuance Communications to bring that company’s voice recognition technology to iOS 5. A day later and and now a report from TechCrunch claims that Apple will be using Nuance’s technology in conjunction with their North Carolina data center. This will be used to power a centrally-hosted voice service. The report also claims that we should hear more about this partnership at next month’s World Wide Developers Conference.

More specifically, we’re hearing that Apple is running Nuance software – and possibly some of their hardware – in this new data center. Why? A few reasons. First, Apple will be able to process this voice information for iOS users faster. Second, it will prevent this data from going through third-party servers. And third, by running it on their own stack, Apple can build on top of the technology, and improve upon it as they see fit.

So Apple bought Siri, apparently already has partnerships with Nuance for some of their other products, and is looking to heavily incorporate it in iOS 5 with the use of their North Carolina data center.

As usual, the North Carolina data center solves all problems. I suspect only a portion of that data center will be used to power whatever Nuance is giving them. A $1 billion data center is a big expendeture on a sigle feature. Likely, this center will do a mixed bag of things. Yes, I’m none-too-subtly hinting at “iCloud.”

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