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iOS 16 upgrades Dictation with auto-punctuation, emoji support, more

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iOS 16 is finally out. One of the most interesting features of this new operating system is all about accessibility. With iOS 16, the Dictation function got even better as it now can bring auto-punctation, emoji support, and even more. Here’s what you need to know about it.

Dictation has always been part of the iOS experience in the past few years. With iOS 16, on the other hand, Apple is taking this feature to another level. For example, while dictating on the device, you can move fluidly between voice and touch. You can type with the keyboard, tap in the text field, move the cursor, and insert QuickType suggestions without needing to stop Dictation.

It works on iPhones with the A12 Bionic chip and later. It works in Arabic (Saudi Arabia), Cantonese (China mainland, Hong Kong), English (Australia, Canada, India, Singapore, UK, U.S.), French (France), German (Germany), Italian (Italy), Japanese (Japan), Korean (South Korea), Mandarin Chinese (China mainland, Taiwan), Russian (Russia), Spanish (Mexico, Spain, U.S.), and Turkish (Turkey).

Another great function is the new auto-punctuation feature. While dictating, the iPhone inserts commas, periods, and question marks for you as you dictate. It’s available for iPhones with the A12 Bionic chip and later and works in Cantonese (Hong Kong), English (Australia, Canada, India, UK, U.S.), French (France), German (Germany), Japanese (Japan), Mandarin Chinese (China mainland, Taiwan), and Spanish (Spain).

Emoji support is also another great feature available with Dictation on iOS 16. Just dictate which emoji are you referring to and see it being displayed on your iPhone screen. It works in Cantonese (Hong Kong), English (Australia, Canada, India, UK, U.S.), French (France), German (Germany), Japanese (Japan), Mandarin Chinese (China mainland, Taiwan), and Spanish (Mexico, Spain, U.S.).

For iMessage users, the Dictation icon is now available in the text entry field and there’s a new Dictation popover that easily stops dictation by tapping the new cursor popover.

This is everything new with the Dictation feature on iOS 16. How do you like this function? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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