Re: Apple voice control my perspective
I appreciate your engagement and your insights into Voice Control. I agree with several of the points you make.
Unfortunately, I spent three long summers buried in the betas feeding back, and offering up suggestions through the feedback page, and through Apple’s accessibility department, all to no avail.
Far from bitching or venting frustrations at Apple, my intention with the piece is to shed light on the limitations and gather opinions from the community, and I’m not surprised to see that many share similar concerns. I have always found Apple very responsive to publicly expressed advocacy. It’s one of the company’s strengths in my opinion.
Unfortunately, Spell Mode never made it to the UK where I am located. Strangely, it was launched US only. I don’t think it has arrived here in Sonoma either. Apple hasn't said.
Spell Mode is a blunt instrument as it doesn’t learn from your corrections so the same recognition errors keep happening over and over. If Voice Control doesn’t recognise how you pronounce the name of your dog Rover it is never going to learn and there is nothing a user can do. .
It’s a pity Apple doesn’t do more to publicise new commands. You will be hard pressed to find them mentioned in release notes.
Bulk import of vocabulary isn’t very helpful when a lot of the vocabulary I want to import are proper nouns and the capitalisation is always ignored by the app.
Commands are very helpful for navigation, and for navigation specifically, I acknowledge Voice Control is good However; echoing your own personal tip, I have had to report several bugs with commands in Sonoma recently. How long they’ll take to get fixed is anyone’s guess.
The focus of my article was dictation with Voice Control and I never saw an improvement in Ventura. However, I am seeing a slight improvement in Sonoma but accuracy will always be compromised until Apple fixes the proper noun issues that have persisted since Voice Control launched four years ago. It’s not only about “Sun” and “Will” there are many others it fails on, too many to mention in the article. I reported the issue through the feedback app and accessibility department on numerous occasions over the past four years, all to no avail. It was this lack of action on feedback that prompted me to write the opinion piece.
I respect your positive experience with Voice Control for certain tasks. However, I believe that it could and should evolve into a more robust dictation application for long-form content.
As a voice command/ navigation application Voice Control is powerful. Commands are short phrases by nature and Voice Control copes with short dictated phrases like “Happy Birthday “ or “I will be home in twenty minutes” with ease but for anything longer the app’s dictation capabilities and productivity quickly falls apart. I have Dragon installed on my Mac with Parallels and the difference between the apps is night and day, and I readily accept several hundred pounds/dollars.
As one of the commenters here rightly pointed out, it wouldn’t take much for Apple to address many of the issues and enhance Voice Control’s productivity, benefiting users of all abilities. I hope that this article resonates with someone within the company who can make a difference. The time for Voice Control to mature as a reliable dictation tool is long overdue.
Here’s hoping a piece like this at least makes a contribution to improvements next year. At the moment that feels a long wait.
Thank you for your thoughtful engagement, and I appreciate the opportunity to continue this conversation.