With macOS Catalina, Apple is introducing new assistive technologies to help more users get the most out of their Mac. Voice Control is a transformative technology that enables users who can’t operate traditional input devices to control their Mac with their voice, using on-device Siri speech recognition technology, which also ensures personal data is kept private.
New labels and grids let users interact with virtually any app, using comprehensive navigation tools, with audio processing happening on-device. Voice Control is now also available on iOS and iPadOS, so users can control their device entirely with their voice, even with gestures like tapping, swiping and scrolling.
“With macOS Catalina, we’re bringing fresh new apps to the Mac, starting with new standalone versions of Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and the Apple TV app,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “Users will appreciate how they can expand their workspace with Sidecar, enabling new ways of interacting with Mac apps using iPad and Apple Pencil. And with new developer technologies, users will see more great third-party apps arrive on the Mac this fall.”
The software update for macOS is expected to launch later this year.