Software giant reveals new voice command tech to help disabled people use its products hands-free
Apple has previewed macOS Catalina, the latest version of its operating system, to enable disabled people use its popular products, such as the Mac desktop computer, entirely with their voice.
The technology, called Voice Command, will enables users who can’t operate traditional input devices to control their Mac entirely with their voice using speech recognition technology, which also ensures personal data is kept private.
The move comes with Apple’s belief that technology is the most powerful “when it empowers everyone.”
With the announcement of macOS Catalina, Apple is also introducing new assistive technologies to help individuals get the most out of their Mac, regardless of ability or condition.
New labels and grids will let users interact with most apps using comprehensive navigation tools, with audio processing happening on-device.
Voice Control is now available on Apple’s iOS and iPadOS operating systems, for the iPhone and iPad products respectively, so users can control their device entirely with their voice, including gestures like tapping, swiping and scrolling.
MacOS Catalina will come into operation in autumn, confirms Apple.
The video below shows how Voice Control works: