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Discover how to get the most out of your iPhone or iPod touch, from making calls, browsing the web, managing your time, and getting around town to taking notes, shooting photos, and listening to music. In this course, author Garrick Chow shows how to perform all of these tasks and more, and introduces the enhancements built into iOS 6, including enhanced language support and commands for Siri, shared photo streams, and the new Reply with Message feature for handling incoming calls. The course also includes hands-on demonstrations on how to accurately type and efficiently use finger gestures, and offers tips for personalizing the setup of the iPhone and iPod touch. An extensive section on troubleshooting helps when the occasional glitch happen.
One of the major advantages of Siri, at least to me, is the ability it gives you to work with text messages without having to type or even look at your phone. You can instead ask Siri to read your incoming message and then you'll be prompted to either reply to it, or you can have Siri read it again. If you choose to reply, you can then dictate your message to Siri and send it off. Let's take a look at this. So, I just received a text message. Let's imagine that I'm driving or otherwise unable to look at my phone right now. Instead, I'm going to press and hold my Home button or the button on my earbuds or Bluetooth headset to invoke Siri, and I can say something along the lines of, Read my text message.
Siri: You have a message from Scott Simpson. Can you come in an hour early? You can reply or read it again. Reply. Siri: Okay. I can send a text to Scott Simpson for you. What would you like it to say? No, I have a dentist appointment in the morning. Siri: I updated your message. Ready to send it? Yes.
Siri: Okay. I'll send your message. And there it is. Now if Siri didn't transcribe your message correctly, you can say no when it asks if you're ready to send and you'll be given the prompt to cancel, review, or change your message. The point is that you can do all of this without ever having to look at your phone or type a single letter. Currently, Siri can only read incoming text message, but not emails. You can however say things like, show me my new emails. Siri: Here's one.
But this does require you to be able to look at the screen and read the message yourself. You can however dictate new emails completely by voice though. Compose a new email message. Siri: To whom shall I send it? Scott Simpson. Siri: What's the subject of email? Garrick Chow: Dentist. Siri: Okay. What would you like the email to say? I'm going to be in later tomorrow because of a dentist appointment.
Siri: Okay, Garrick, Here's your email message to Scott Simpson. Are you ready to send it? Cancel. Siri: Okay. I won't send it. So, that's how to work with text and emails through Siri, and you're not limited to writing by voice with just these apps. You can dictate in the just about any application that you can type in, and we'll take a closer look at dictating into your phone in an upcoming movie.
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