This is the sixth 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.
For the sixth request of Christmas, we ask Apple to give to us:
6. Hey Siri Activated Dictation
On iOS and OS X, it is challenging for many users with motor difficulties to enable dictation. To these users, dictation can provide one of the most efficient ways for text input, especially if Apple adds offline and advanced dictation features to iOS. We are asking Apple to give Siri the ability to activate and deactivate dictation. Apple could implement this feature by requiring users to say "Hey Siri, Start dictation" to begin the dictation process and "Stop dictation" to end it. This can already be done on the Mac in OS X El Capitan by enabling the dictation keyword phrase "Hey Siri" in System Preferences -> Accessibility -> Dictation (see below). Now we just need to have that added to iOS.
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