iPhone and iPod touch iOS 6 Essential Training
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Voice control for non-Siri-capable iPhones


iPhone and iPod touch iOS 6 Essential Training

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Video: Voice control for non-Siri-capable iPhones

If you don't have an iPhone 4S, an iPhone 5 or a 5th Generation iPod touch, you don't have Siri and you can't dictate messages and commands like we saw in the movies earlier in this chapter. But if you have an iPhone 3GS or 4, or if you have a 4th Generation iPod touch, you can still control your device to an extent with voice commands, but your commands are limited to phone call and music related commands. Now if you are in a Siri capable device, you can turn off Siri completely by going into Settings>General>Siri, and here turn Siri off.
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  1. 1m 21s
    1. Welcome
      1m 21s
  2. 45m 36s
    1. A tour around the iPhone and iPod touch
      6m 33s
    2. The Home screen and Home button
      2m 49s
    3. Organizing apps on the Home screen with folders
      1m 10s
    4. Running apps and multitasking
      3m 59s
    5. Choosing and controlling your sounds
      4m 36s
    6. Learning finger gestures
      3m 36s
    7. Connecting to wi-fi networks
      3m 12s
    8. Using the Notification Center
      3m 48s
    9. Using Twitter and Facebook
      4m 37s
    10. Charging the iPhone or iPod touch
      3m 31s
    11. Setting up an Apple ID account on an iPhone or iPod touch
      3m 18s
    12. Printing from an iPhone using AirPrint
      2m 11s
    13. Displaying the iPhone screen on a TV
      2m 16s
  3. 19m 19s
    1. Understanding the keyless keyboard
      3m 10s
    2. Fixing typos and trusting autocorrection
      6m 59s
    3. Exploring Select, Cut, Copy, and Paste
      2m 12s
    4. Hidden shortcuts
      1m 28s
    5. Syncing a Bluetooth keyboard
      2m 9s
    6. Adding international and emoji keyboards
      3m 21s
  4. 37m 35s
    1. Getting the latest version of iTunes
      1m 49s
    2. Connecting your iPhone to your Mac or PC
      4m 27s
    3. Syncing music, movies, and ringtones
      7m 5s
    4. Syncing photos from a Mac
      5m 2s
    5. Syncing photos from a PC
      2m 59s
    6. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Mac
      3m 7s
    7. Syncing contacts and calendars from a PC
      3m 9s
    8. Backup options
      3m 25s
    9. Wireless syncing
      2m 33s
    10. Using iTunes Match
      3m 59s
  5. 1h 2m
    1. Basic phone activities
      2m 56s
    2. Adding and managing favorites
      3m 0s
    3. Accessing voicemail
      3m 59s
    4. Receiving calls
      5m 31s
    5. Using the iPhone during a call
      5m 21s
    6. Using FaceTime
      4m 49s
    7. Making conference calls
      2m 52s
    8. Adding recent calls to your contacts
      1m 46s
    9. Sharing contacts
      2m 46s
    10. Assigning specific photos and ringtones to your contacts
      3m 20s
    11. Using the included headset
      2m 42s
    12. Using a Bluetooth headset
      3m 33s
    13. Forwarding calls
      1m 47s
    14. Turning Call Waiting on and off
      1m 13s
    15. Turning Caller ID on and off
      1m 19s
    16. Creating custom ringtones with iTunes
      5m 53s
    17. Texting and using iMessages
      9m 52s
  6. 36m 25s
    1. Importing email accounts from your computer
      2m 0s
    2. Setting up Exchange, iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, or AOL email accounts
      3m 36s
    3. Setting up other types of email accounts
      2m 10s
    4. Keeping your iPhone or iPod touch email synced with your computer
      5m 4s
    5. Composing email
      4m 6s
    6. Receiving and reading email
      7m 4s
    7. Assigning VIPs
      2m 41s
    8. Searching your mailboxes
      2m 56s
    9. Setting mail options
      6m 48s
  7. 31m 42s
    1. Web browsing with Safari
      7m 28s
    2. Saving bookmarks and viewing the History list
      5m 15s
    3. Saving images
      2m 41s
    4. Filling out forms and using AutoFill
      4m 4s
    5. Creating web clips
      2m 30s
    6. Using Reader and the Reading List
      2m 37s
    7. Creating a personal hotspot
      3m 59s
    8. Using iCloud tabs
      3m 8s
  8. 28m 3s
    1. Browsing your library
      2m 43s
    2. Playing and controlling music
      6m 20s
    3. Playing and controlling video
      3m 34s
    4. Using the included earbud controls
      3m 36s
    5. Adjusting your iPod settings
      5m 0s
    6. Browsing and buying with the iTunes app
      3m 37s
    7. Using AirPlay to stream content wirelessly from an iPhone to an Apple TV or AirPort Express
      3m 13s
  9. 50m 59s
    1. Shooting still photos with your iPhone
      8m 0s
    2. Improving your photos using HDR and gridlines
      3m 19s
    3. Shooting panoramas
      2m 54s
    4. Viewing and editing still images
      7m 29s
    5. Customizing your wallpaper
      2m 44s
    6. Shooting video
      3m 5s
    7. Viewing and editing video
      2m 52s
    8. Taking screenshots
      1m 19s
    9. Sharing photos and video
      5m 50s
    10. Geotagging your photos
      4m 45s
    11. Creating albums
      2m 16s
    12. Creating a Shared Photo Stream
      6m 26s
  10. 22m 39s
    1. Getting your location with Maps
      4m 20s
    2. Finding addresses and nearby businesses
      3m 11s
    3. Bookmarking locations
      3m 3s
    4. Getting directions
      4m 35s
    5. Showing traffic and alternate maps
      2m 46s
    6. Using 3D and Flyover views
      2m 31s
    7. Using the Compass app
      2m 13s
  11. 19m 26s
    1. Adding events to your calendar
      5m 35s
    2. Subscribing to calendars
      2m 3s
    3. Setting Time Zone Support
      2m 23s
    4. Using the Clock app
      6m 7s
    5. Setting reminders
      3m 18s
  12. 8m 42s
    1. Using the Notes app
      4m 12s
    2. Using the Voice Memos app
      4m 30s
  13. 12m 29s
    1. Passbook
      6m 35s
    2. Stocks
      3m 6s
    3. Calculator
    4. Weather
      2m 4s
  14. 17m 8s
    1. Browsing the App Store through iTunes
      4m 50s
    2. Browsing the App Store on the iPhone or iPod touch
      5m 9s
    3. Purchasing apps
      6m 24s
    4. Finding app settings
  15. 22m 41s
    1. Airplane mode
      1m 42s
    2. Wi-Fi
      3m 1s
    3. Do Not Disturb
      3m 16s
    4. About
      2m 32s
    5. Usage
      3m 52s
    6. Date & Time settings
      1m 30s
    7. Restrictions
      3m 25s
    8. Privacy
      3m 23s
  16. 12m 9s
    1. Using Auto-Lock
      1m 15s
    2. Exploring Passcode Lock
      5m 16s
    3. Using Find My iPhone
      5m 38s
  17. 20m 38s
    1. Introducing Siri
      7m 25s
    2. Listening and responding to messages
      2m 37s
    3. Setting reminders
      2m 48s
    4. Dictating in apps
      1m 40s
    5. Voice control for non-Siri-capable iPhones
      6m 8s
  18. 16m 41s
    1. Begin by restarting
      1m 29s
    2. Force-quitting apps
      1m 16s
    3. Rebooting
    4. Resetting
      1m 47s
    5. Erasing and restoring
      5m 12s
    6. Checking for updates
      1m 27s
    7. Extending battery life
      4m 45s
  19. 32s
    1. Goodbye

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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.

Topics include:
  • Organizing and purchasing apps
  • Controlling sounds
  • Using Twitter and Facebook
  • Selecting, cutting, copying, and pasting text
  • Syncing music, movies, photos, contacts, and calendars with your computer
  • Making video calls with FaceTime
  • Forwarding calls
  • Setting up email accounts from Gmail, iCloud, and other services
  • Browsing the web
  • Playing music
  • Shooting photos and video
  • Setting up events, reminders, and alarms
  • Protecting your iPhone or iPod
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Garrick Chow

Voice control for non-Siri-capable iPhones

If you don't have an iPhone 4S, an iPhone 5 or a 5th Generation iPod touch, you don't have Siri and you can't dictate messages and commands like we saw in the movies earlier in this chapter. But if you have an iPhone 3GS or 4, or if you have a 4th Generation iPod touch, you can still control your device to an extent with voice commands, but your commands are limited to phone call and music related commands. Now if you are in a Siri capable device, you can turn off Siri completely by going into Settings>General>Siri, and here turn Siri off.

Confirm that you do want to disable Siri, and your phone will then default to the voice command features found on the older devices. So, now I've set up my iPhone 5 to use the older voice commands. To use them, you can either speak directly into your device or you can use your iPhone earbuds with a built-in microphone or a Bluetooth headset. Let's take a look at the phone related commands first, and these of course will only work with the iPhone. Incidentally, all of the commands I'm going to run through in this movie also work with Siri on the iPhone 4S and later, although in many cases you can probably find less verbose ways of getting the same results with Siri.

Whether your iPhone is awake or locked, just as long as it's not turned off, you press and hold the Home button for about three seconds. You can also press and hold the center button of the earbud headset or the call button on your Bluetooth headset to invoke Voice Control. The Voice Control screen appears. When you speak, the wavy lines in the center of the screen will react to your voice, so you will note that the phone is hearing you. Notice the words going across the background. These are all words you can say to control your phone. When it comes to placing calls, you can either say, call or dial followed by the name of the person you want to call.

The person you're naming has to exist in your contacts list, otherwise your iPhone will give you a No match found message. Also it's best to say the full name of the person you're calling, unless the person's first name is the only instance of that name appearing in your contacts. After you say the call or dial and the person's name, specify which phone number to call. You can say things like home, or work, or mobile. It's important to remember to say mobile and not cell or cellphone because the iPhone doesn't recognize those words. If you just say the person's name without specifying which phone number to call, you will hear a message telling you that the person has multiple numbers and you will be asked to name the one you want to dial.

So, I'm going to cancel this for just a moment. So, I'm going to invoke voice dialing again to call my friend, Scott. Call Scott Simpson. Siri: Calling Scott Simpson, mobile. Now because I only have Scott's mobile number, that's the number it's calling. If he had multiple numbers, it would have asked me which number I wanted to call. And I'll just tap End to cancel that call. Now at the moment after the iPhone repeats your command before it dials, if you see that the iPhone is dialing a number different than the one you wanted, you can say no, or wrong, or nope, or not that, or not that one, to cancel the call.

Or you can also just press End call if it's too late. You can also speak entire phone numbers if the person is not in your Contacts list. Each number does have to be spoken individually. Don't say something like 555-2300, instead say 5-5-5-2-3-0-0. The only exception is that you can say eight hundred instead of 8-0-0. Now voice dialing is far from perfect, and its success does depend a lot on how noisy an environment you're in. But if you're in a quiet room or in your car, Voice Control should work just fine. Now let's talk about music voice commands, which work both on the iPhone and the iPod touch.

If you know the album, artist, or playlist you want to listen to, you can start playing your music regardless of whether you're currently in the music app or not. All you do is invoke Voice Control by holding down the center button again. Then you say the name of the artist, album, or playlist you want to listen to. For example, I want to listen to an album called Suckers by the Jellybricks. So, I'll invoke Voice Control and say the words, play album followed by the album title. Play album, Suckers. Siri: Playing the album, Suckers. (music playing) I'll just pause playback for a moment there.

So basically you can say, play album, play artist, or play playlist followed by the name of the album, artist, or playlist. You'll always hear a verbal feedback from the iPhone so you can confirm whether it heard you correctly. Once you've selected some music, you can use Voice Control to perform basic playback commands such as play, or play music to start the music playing again. You can say, pause or pause music to pause, or say, next song, or previous song to jump forward or backward in the playlist or album you're listening to. Although, if you're using your iPhone's earbuds, it's probably faster to double- or triple-click the center button on the controls to jump forward and back than it is to invoke Voice Control and speak the commands.

If you want to be surprised, you can say shuffle to shuffle the currently selected playlist. If you don't recognize the song that's currently playing, you can invoke Voice Control again and ask what's playing, or you can say, what song is this, who sings this song, or who is this song by? These are all identical questions and will each get you the same information. So for example, I can start a song playing again. (music playing) Who sings this song? Siri: Now playing Rock 'n' Roll Suicide by the Jellybricks.

If you enjoy iTunes and the iPhone's Genius feature, which lets you create playlists of music similar to a single song of your choice, you can invoke Voice Control and say, Genius or Play more like this, or Play more songs like this. Lastly, if you invoke Voice Control by accident or just change your mind, say Cancel or Stop to make your phone stop listening for a voice command. Also, keep an eye on the words that are flying by in the background of the Voice Control interface. They're not just there for decoration, but instead give you examples of the things you can say at that particular moment.

I've given you the majority of commands here, but there are several variations on things you can say which you probably see scrolling by. So, that's Voice Control for non-Siri capable devices.

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