“Everyone is out to get your money” seems appropriate for a capitalist world, no? And, “If everyone is out to get you, then a little paranoia seems like a good attitude to have.” That makes sense, too, right? Here’s my favorite.
Regardless of what we want or what we do to preserve the status quo, things change. Change happens. Mac360’s co-founder once said, “Nothing improves without change.” I agree. That axiom has me trying new ways to interact with my Mac, iPhone, and iPad.
My iPhone and iPad have a few dozen Siri Shortcuts, and while they work quite well, it takes some discipline and additional effort to use them; not because they’re difficult, but more because I have older habits that are difficult to break, and new habits that require effort to bring into the daily mainstream workflow.
Here’s one that you may have tried. Dictation.
You talk, and Siri takes the dictation and writes it down for you (I use Siri as the name for dictation because that personalizes the actions).
The problem with dictation is that most of us are used to talking, or telling others what to do, but few of us actually dictate information that gets recorded; either in audio format, and seldom in standard dictation– yet that’s exactly what you can do with Siri on iPhone and iPad.
For example, open up Notes in your iPhone or iPad. On the bottom of the keyboard you will see a microphone. Tap it and start talking. Notes– or, rather, Siri– begins listening to what you say, and then types it out.
Remarkably, dictating to Siri works very well. I use it all the time on the Drafts app on my Watch to record quick notes, and while in traffic I use it to dictate a Message to send to Nathan without having to dig into my bag for my iPhone.
So, dictation works. Siri listens, records, then types out what you dictate. What’s the problem?
You’ll need to think differently. Or, Think Different™. Dictation requires that we use punctuation by describing the punctuation. You’ll need to speak the word Period or Question Mark or Next Paragraph to get Siri to drop those in at the appropriate spots in the recorded dictation.
Yet, it works. But it also requires a change in how we process information, how we get our devices to work for us. I find it much easier to use Siri to record dictation on iPhone and iPad, but it works on the Mac, too. Apple Support even shows users how to do it on the Mac, and Apple Support explains the details for iOS devices.
Dictation itself is easy, but getting Siri to record what you want to say takes practice and changes the standard interface paradigm.