Apple recently unveiled another commercial for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus that emphasizes voice messaging features in Messages, where users can press and hold microphone button to record a voice memo message.
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- Go to Settings
VoiceOver is a gesture-based screen reader for iPhone and iPad that lets users control them with just a tap or flick of a finger, and is available on devices running iOS 3GS or later. Once enabled, VoiceOver lets you access most standard apps including Safari, Mail, App Store, iTunes Music Library Calendars Notes as well as turn it on or off and read out text messages notifications and the time.
Make your iPhone or iPad easier to use with VoiceOver by configuring different features, including navigational options (swipe left or right on the screen to move around, double-tap to select items) as well as braille language choices and configuration of how a tactile grid interacts with navigation and screen interactions. Also adjust VoiceOver volume levels as well as other sounds like ringers and alerts and set limits on music playing loudness.
iOS 8 brings with it a novel feature: being able to respond to text messages by speaking rather than opening up Messages app and tapping microphone button. This option can be set up within Messages menu, making responding easier when driving or otherwise distracted.
Set your iPhone to use Wi-Fi instead of the cellular network for calling, which often results in better call quality and lower data plan costs. If you’re concerned about overusing your cellular plan or lack reception indoors, or would simply like more reliable reception, enable this feature via the Settings app. You can also utilize “Do Not Disturb”, which disables updates from notification centers and calls and allows repeat call overrides when emergency arises. Finally, backup documents to iCloud Drive as another safeguard should you lose or misplaced phones!
- Go to General
Apple recently unveiled a new commercial, featuring Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake to showcase the voice messaging feature on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones. Simply touch and hold the microphone button within Messages to record text or swipe up to send it.
To free up space on your device and backup documents and files to the cloud, navigate to Settings > iCloud > Back Up & Storage and switch the green switch. From here you can also backup contacts and photos, download apps over Wi-Fi, as well as perform other useful actions.
VoiceOver, iOS devices’ in-built screen reader, provides users who cannot see their screens with an effective way of operating apps with various gestures and natural language descriptions of what’s happening on their device.
The “Speak Selection” and “Speak Screen” features allow you to select any text on the screen and have it read aloud for you. In addition, you can easily change Siri’s nationality and gender by heading into Settings > General > Siri > Voice Gender.
- Go to Accessibility
Apple recently unveiled a TV ad showcasing voice messaging capabilities on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus featuring Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake from Jimmy Fallon Show using voicemail messaging as part of iOS 8. This advertisement marks just one in a series showcasing this feature, available within iOS 8. Apple introduced Speak Screen in iOS 8, whereby swiping two fingers down from the top of the screen causes all elements, such as buttons, menu options, and interface elements, to be read aloud. Speak Screen also features Speak Auto-Text, which reads out any autocorrections suggested when typing certain words and auto-capitalizations that occur when typing many. Both features can be activated by either swiping down with two fingers on the screen or activating Siri and saying, “Speak Screen”.
Additionally to these speech options, the iPhone’s rotor provides access to numerous other accessibility features which you can take advantage of by placing one finger against the screen and twisting. These options include pausing and resuming speech, adjusting its rate, navigating selections and more.
Utilizing the VoiceOver settings menu (available via Accessibility menu), you can enable text to speech for any app on the iPhone, allowing you to hear what you are typing as you type emails, web pages or documents. Another useful feature is Speak Selection which allows users to select text in email messages or documents and hear it aloud while speaking Selected Items after every tap or word Highlighting which announces which item was highlighted for every tap made on that item.
Other features available through VoiceOver settings can include:
- Button Shapes: Enabling this option will add a small arrow on button images, making them easier to differentiate from other items.
When it is time to shut off your iPhone, follow these steps.
- Go to Voice Text
iPhone 3GS and later models feature Voice Over, a screen reader which enables you to use gestures and control your device even if you cannot see its display. Simply swipe two fingers down from the top of your display, and text or other content will be read aloud aloud – with several enhanced voices available, including nationality and gender options (my preference being English (U.K) female).
If your voice over speaking gibberish after a factory reset, switching from Siri Voice to Samantha may resolve the problem.