What are you looking forward to from iOS in 2019?

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what wil every one be looking for weed too in regards to iOS in the new year?

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Submitted by roman on Sunday, January 6, 2019

We have alex as most human voice, but I want more voices that are sound like a human. in woman's form. like if someone send us happy messages, the text to speech can exprace that imotion, and more.

Submitted by tunmi13 on Monday, January 7, 2019

We already have most (or all) of the Vocalizer voices.
Here are the female voices in English listed below:
Samantha
Nicki
Siri Female
Allison
Ava (recommended if you're looking for a voice with high inflection)
Susan
Victoria
Karen
Siri Female (English AU)
and several more.

Submitted by Humberto Avila on Monday, January 7, 2019

Hello,

Yes, I agree on that Apple needs to add more voices that are human-sounding, like Alex is, to iOS. I personally enjoy using Alex's voice, especially because it works SOOOO well when I just wanna read my emails and correspondences and he can read fluently and proficiently. He breathes and everything. The only thing I don't like is he doesn't use inflection or expressions that well.

I would like them to add more voices that could:

  1. Have a human-sounding breath, as Alex does.
  2. Read punctuation with inflection and expression, such as the ETI eloquence voices can in Windows screen readers such as when an exclamation mark (!) is detected.
  3. They should add preferably a friendly, young, awesome female voice with these capabilities...

Submitted by peter on Monday, January 7, 2019

One major advance that Apple could make in terms of accessibility is the ability for the user to have custom scripts run for specific apps as we do with screen readers on Windows computers.

Yes, apps running under iOS are very accedssible with VoiceOver. However, as these devices become more powerful and can often supplant our PC's, it is important that blind individuals have the ability to work efficiently and productively as possible when running iOS applications. Our sighted colleagues don't have to swipe a thousand times to find what they want on the screen and we should be able to customize our experience with either gestures and/or a bluetooth keyboard so that we can easily and quickly perform tasks too.

Just because a system is "accessible" does not mean that it is "useable" or productive. Just because we can "see" information on the screen, navigate to it, and activate elements in the UI doesn't mean that it is as efficient for us as it is for sighted users. In order to have parity with our sighted counterparts we need the ability to be able to customize the experience for our particular work flow requirements. This is currently possible on PC's but not on iOS devices. Thus, my wish for 2019 is for Apple to start developing a scritping language and utilities that would enhance our accessibility to these devices as they become more powerful.

--Pete

Submitted by Dawn 👩🏻‍🦯 on Monday, January 7, 2019

I like Ava enhanced! If you want to female voice it sounds human, I would use Ava and Hanst! Might take up a bit more space on your iPad or other device, but well worth it! At least in my Pinyan! W

Submitted by Tasha on Monday, January 7, 2019

I'd like a quick way to record the screen and audio from Voiceover so that when there are accessibility problems with an app, I have something concrete to send to developers, many of whom are so uneducated that they'll ask for regular screenshots. I also would like there to be a way for apps to be controlled by trusted sighted people if they are inaccessible.

Submitted by peter on Monday, January 7, 2019

it is already possible to record video from the display. You need to go into Settings / Control Panel and add a button for doing a screen recording. More complete instructions can be found at: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/16/technology/personaltech/how-to-record-your-iphone-screen.html Hope that helps. --Pete

Submitted by sockhopsinger on Monday, January 7, 2019

Unless things have changed lately, I don't see a way to record Voiceover audio when doing a screen recording.

it is very true. they must add more human voices. Siri is good, but not closest to a sexy woman's voice(hahaha! just playing) but they should add imotions of laffing, crying, and a lesson. for example, if two people are arguing about somethink, so it wood read texes like they are talking in real.
I know it is toomuch, but if they could do it. thanks

Submitted by Holger Fiallo on Tuesday, January 8, 2019

While is nice that apple came out with shortcuts for siri, she still has issues. Alexa and google still better. Apple needs to focus on making siri better or just give up and allow us to use alexa or google instead.

Submitted by peter on Tuesday, January 8, 2019

I am generally quite happy with Siri, although there can always be improvements. I do have an Amazon Echo and find that Siri usually gives much better feedback than Alexa.

In any case, yes, it would be nice if Apple would open up their system so that we could easily use any of these services that we wished. Choice is a good thing!

--Pete