Human interface technology is a part of technology that helps us to reach better productivity. One of such technologies is Tech to Speech feature which has been available on OS X for ages. Text to Speech technology is a technology that is able to recognize text and convert it to voice in accordance to that text.
iOS is a derived from OS X, which actually keeps on developing in the term of features, including Text to Speech feature. It is buried deep inside the setting and not as easy to be accessed as it is on Mac. You can activate Text to Speech on the iPhone as the part of accessibility feature.
This feature can help you to hear the text that you choose without reading it, and if you are learning a foreign language, this feature can help you with pronunciations. It’s quite interesting and easy to use.
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Steps to activate text to speech on iPhone
Preparation: iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch with iOS 8
- Go to Settings >> General >> Accessibility >> Speech
- On Speech screen, swipe ON Speak Selection
- On this screen, you can also do the setting on voice in accordance with your language
Just tap the language, and then explore setting on it like enhanced quality feature (offline operation) and speaking rate.
How this text to speech feature works?
How to use this feature on applications that you usually use? I will take 2 samples of the apps that we all frequently use, and that are Notes and Safari. For instance, you want to listen certain text on Notes or Safari, so that you don’t have to read it, just listen. By default, this feature can only be activated if you are connected to the internet.
- Tap and hold the text that you want to listen, then on the pop up menu, tap speak.