This is the fourth post in a 12-part series covering the accessibility features we would like to see Apple bring to its products in the coming year. This series is being written with the help and input of my two best friends, Jessica and Jocelyn Gladysz.
(Note: This post was originally scheduled to run yesterday, but was postponed due to unforeseen technical difficulties.)
For the fourth request of Christmas, we ask Apple to give to us:
4. Offline and Advanced Dictation for iOS
In 2012, with the release of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Apple brought the dictation feature from iOS to the Mac. Dictation allows users to speak into their iOS device, Mac, and now Apple Watch and have their words converted into textual input. This is of particular benefit to those who have limited use of physical controls.
When dictation originally came to the Mac, it had many of the same limitations its iOS counterpart had. Dictation required an internet connection and was limited to a 30-second time window. It also lacked support for advanced editing commands found in some commercial dictation applications.
Since then, the Mac has gained support for unlimited, offline dictation windows, known as "Enhanced Dictation" (see image at the top of this post), and editing commands, known as "Dictation Commands". We ask Apple to add both these features to iOS, bringing even greater flexibility to dictation on the platform.
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