The most useful secret Siri on iPhone and iPad

Thanks to audio books, reading has become much easier and simpler. In fact, not so much reading, much listening to e-books. Apple devices with standard tools allow you to transform any textual information on the screen in an audio format, resulting in a simple “swipe” the text of articles, books, e-mail, you can listen to on the way to work, in the car, subway or plane.

In iOS there are a number of special functions that help people with disabilities. Because of this “Apple” gadgets become powerful and affordable assistive devices. One of the options is designed for reading texts. For example, if you fascinated by some work or open a site page in the browser, but at the moment you are not able to read. You can always use the pronunciation of Siri and continue “reading” in audio format.

To use voice, just go to your iOS settings and turn on “Speech”. Go to Settings –> General –> Universal access –> Speech and turn the toggle Speak selection and speak Screen” in the “on” position. Adjust the speed of speech in its sole discretion, by pulling the slider in one direction or another.

Now go back to the desktop and open any app, such as iBooks, Mail, or Safari. If it is a browser, open any article with the text. Next, turn on the reading mode in Safari as shown in the picture to the left on the browser page, text only (otherwise Siri will read all menu items, captions, etc).

Swipe with two fingers from the top of the screen down:

The voice assistant will begin to read the text. By using the toolbar at the top of the screen, you can control the reading – pause, change playback speed, etc.

The mode of pronunciation Siri can be used not only in browser but also in many other applications. For example, if you open a big letter in Mail and to call the function, then the assistant will announce to you the contents of your correspondence. Another useful application of speech – ebook readers and units of content.

Clifton Nichols

Clifton Nichols

Hi! I’m Clifton and I am a full-stack engineer with a passion for building performant and scalable applications that are beautiful and easy to use.

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