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We've seen that you can use Siri to listen to text messages and that you can dictate replies to Siri as well. Now even though Siri can't currently read emails or other texts, you can still dictate email messages or just about anything else you want to write into other applications like Facebook updates or tweets. Technically, this isn't a Siri command, it's just considered voice dictation, but you are using the same basic functionality. Anything you dictate is uploaded to Apple servers, transcribed and then sent back as plain text and placed into your document. So, as with Siri, you need to have an Internet connection in order for a dictation to work.
Also as with Siri, dictation is only available on the iPhone 4S and later and the 5th Generation iPod touch. Generally, anytime you're using an app that has a keyboard, you should see this Microphone button next to the Spacebar as long as you have an Internet connection. Tapping it will open a Microphone icon and you can start dictating your message right away. Now a very important concept to understand when you're going to be dictating more than a couple of words or a single sentence, is that you have to speak your punctuation. Watch what happens if I tap the Microphone button and speak my message.
Hey Scott I will be out of the office tomorrow could you let everyone on the team know? So, as you can see, there's no punctuation at all in my message. Let's delete all of this and try again. So this time, I'll say it this way. Hey Scott, comma, new parapgraph. I'll be out of the office tomorrow, period. Could you let everyone on the team know, question mark. So, that's much better. It'll definitely take some practice and some getting used to, but this is absolutely necessary if you want to be able to dictate longer messages into your iPhone.
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