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Old Oct 29, 2008, 12:34 PM   #1
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Make Your iPhone Announce Who's Calling

This is probably the #1 feature I'm hoping for in an iPhone software update. OSX already has a great text-to--speech function (that this tip makes use of), so why not apply it to the iPhone? Think about it. It's winter. It's cold outside. You're walking to work, your iPhone securely in your pocket. You get a call. You don't want to take off your gloves and reach into your inside pocket just to see who's calling.

Why can't your iPhone just tell you? As I say, hopefully this will be a user-selectable option in the future, but for now, you can do it yourself.

If you have GarageBand 4 it's really easy. It's completely doable with GB3, but there's one more step.

First, open up Terminal and type in:
say -o ~/Desktop/Output.aiff NAME

This creates a file called Output.aiff on your desktop. Mine said "Incoming call from NAME", but you can do what you like.

Now open up GarageBand. There are some built in ringer sound effects, or you can find one you like online or whatever. Drag that into one track, and drag your Output.aiff into another. If you prefer, you can obviously record yourself saying the name right in GB instead of using Terminal, but I think Terminal is a quicker and easier solution. And if you're like me, you hate the sound of your own voice recorded.

If you're in GB4, go to Share as Ringtone.
In GB3, go to "Share to Disk" and save the file, then simply change the extension from .m4a to .m4r and import into iTunes.

In either case, save it as "NAME.m4r", and then sync to your iPhone.
The last step is to assign your new, custom ringtones to their respective callers.

And now, when you're listening to music and a call comes in, your phone will ring and say "Incoming call from John Smith". It's a really handy, if a bit of a long work-around, tool.

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Old Oct 29, 2008, 12:52 PM   #2
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Posted back in May: http://www.macosxhints.com/article.p...ry=ring%2Btone

Ok, all kidding aside, not many users know of this tip, especially newer ones. Still a good tip and worth bringing up and yours is modified from the tip I linked. I like that idea about adding the ringing.

Not to steal the thunder but also, for those who don't know about MacOSXHints.com, it's a great place to get extra tips/tricks like the one from the OP.
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Old Oct 29, 2008, 02:09 PM   #3
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I did search. I found one thread from last year about recording your own announcements, but I thought the Terminal bit was worth mentioning.

Must have missed that one, though.

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