Want To Save Some “Siri”ous Time On Your iPhone 4S?

Much of the recognition with Siri on the new iPhone 4S is its ability to schedule meetings, set timers and reminders, and come up with some pretty humorous responses to off the wall questions. What hasn’t gotten a lot of press is one of the more powerful tools Siri’s voice-cognition capabilities offers to users of the iPhone 4S. Voice-dictation of emails, notes, and documents has never been easier. I decided to see for myself how well this is implemented with a few of the more frequently used apps on my iPhone 4S.

Once Siri is activated on your iPhone, you may have noticed a new key on your keyboard. To the immediate left of the space bar now lies a microphone button. Press the button and you can dictate up to sixty seconds of text at a time that will be placed in your email. It’s very reminiscent of Dragon NaturallySpeaking, since you can speak your punctuation as you talk. I’ve found Siri’s dictation to be amazingly fast and accurate.


This holds true in the Notes app as well, and works just as fast as it does in email.

Yet again, that wonderful microphone key is present on the keyboard when typing away on Apple’s own Pages application. Talk about increasing productivity!

With further exploration you’ll find that whenever you use your keyboard in just about any app, including third party apps, you can use this great feature. In my explorations I know that it works with Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Foursquare, and Keynote. It’s simply awesome.


Hopefully this useful feature will catch on among the Apple faithful. Apple should certainly promote it more. It’s truly one of the better dictation engines I’ve ever used.


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About Mike Breed

Writing for MyMac.com since August of 2009, Mike Breed is an Earth Science and Biology teacher at Chenango Valley High School in Binghamton, New York. He is currently acting as the Science Department Chairman in his school district as well. Mike has received numerous grants to incorporate Apple products into the laboratories and activities of his students, with the hopes of adding a new element of learning to the teaching of science in a demanding learning environment.

A lifelong resident of Cortland, New York, Mike enjoys spending time with his family when not busy with his duties at school. An avid fan of the Macintosh platform, Mike also spends a great deal of time reading and working from his iPad and iPhone, where he is reading his way through the entire chronology of Star Wars novels. Mike is also passionate about fishing and enjoys spending time each weekend fishing with his father on the waters of central New York State’s Finger Lakes.

One thought on “Want To Save Some “Siri”ous Time On Your iPhone 4S?

  1. For some reason, I find the dictation has a harder time understanding me than the famous “ask Siri a question” use. Not sure why this should be.

    I talk quietly, and I talk even quieter at the ends of sentences a lot of time. What can I say, I lived in Japan when I was a kid, and you can’t live in population densities like that and be yelling like Americans all the time. Siri’s dication wants me to yell like an American and enunciate like an English teacher.

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