Speech recognition is a rather cool feature to have and somehow it is missing in Safari, Apple’s browser. Both Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge have it in some form or other. However, it looks like Apple is set to introduce the feature soon on macOS.
Apple rolled out the developer bata version (11.3) for macOS and one of the highlighted feature is speech recognition in Safari. The feature lets websites and even some web apps listen to spoken words and then use the text accordingly.
Safari is set to get several more features. Apple claims that it is the most secure and fastest desktop browser around. With Big Sur 11.3, Apple will make Safari more customised than ever.
The Start Page will be more customisable as users can re-arrange the sections using the customisation controls, including favourite websites, Reading List and Siri Suggestions. There will be new new extensions types that will enable developers to create extensions that deliver experiences right on the new tab page. Extensions are one area where Chrome enjoys a distinct advantage but Apple is looking to change that with the new features.
As of now, this is in the developer beta phase but we can expect the new features to roll out soon. Apple rolled out macOS Big Sur 11.2 update yesterday. macOS Big Sur 11.2 improves Bluetooth reliability and fixes the following issues: External displays may show a black screen when connected to a Mac mini (M1, 2020) using an HDMI to DVI converter; Edits to Apple ProRAW photos in the Photos app may not save; iCloud Drive could turn off after disabling the iCloud Drive Desktop & Documents Folders option; System Preferences may not unlock when entering your administrator password; and the Globe key may not display the Emoji & Symbols pane when pressed.