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Apple May Unveil Voice-Recognition Technology for New IPhone

Apple Inc.’s next iPhone, due to be unveiled at an event today, may be a showcase for improved voice controls, bringing phones closer to the realm of “Star Trek”- style speech recognition.

New voice commands will let users make appointments in their calendars, send text messages or e-mails, and surf the Web, said Gene Munster, an analyst at Piper Jaffray Cos. Apple already has basic voice-control abilities on the iPhone for placing a call or accessing a song. Today’s event is called “Let’s talk iPhone,” hinting at an expansion of the features.