Voice to text messaging

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Simgar988, Oct 11, 2009.

  1. Simgar988 macrumors 65816


    Jul 22, 2009
    This should be implemented. I've wanted it for years, as there are many occasions where I'll be in a text messaging conversation and would much rather just speak to my phone and then it convert it to text to send as a sms.

    I would use this 100% of the time if I was alone or around friends carrying a conversation that wasn't private.

    the only time you would actually have to text is if you are in a class or dinner or something
  2. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    Actually, that feature has been implemented since 1.0. You access it with this button:


    Now here's the amazing part: this feature ALSO activates the speech synthesis feature of the phone at the other end and... get this... reassembles the text message into speech, emulating your own voice! And, it's full-duplex, so the person at the other end can respond in the same manner! Isn't that awesome? What will they think of next?!

    Yup, pretty much. The rest of the time, voice calls tend to do the job, and way faster than text messaging, too.
  3. Simgar988 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jul 22, 2009
    call? what is that? Well no, shirlock. I knew the first post would be a completely worthless one with a response from someone that doesn't understand the point of the concept to begin with. But thanks for that clever reponse.

    calling=easiest= but two people must be free and able to talk
    texting=hardest= but neither person must be free and able to talk

    sms to text= works when only one person is free and able to talk ala making it much more convenient for that person to communicate when the other end of the line is only able to communicate by text.
  4. anjinha macrumors 604


    Oct 21, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    If one person is available to talk and the other isn't they can just leave a voice mail.
  5. neilp4453 macrumors regular

    Oct 16, 2007
    Massive failure on your part.

    OP asked for speech to text.

    Your little joke is just speech to speech. It actually pissed me off because it wasn't clever at all.

    I rarely make calls anymore except to the old generation folk or to businesses.
    I would def. welcome this feature.
  6. utwarreng macrumors 6502


    Aug 8, 2009
    Generally speaking, if I'm not able to talk then I'm not able to listen to a voicemail. Checking/responding to a text is almost always a possibility.
  7. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007

    Speech to speech is exactly the point. And if it really pissed you off, then you not only missed the point, but you also get pissed off way too easily, I'm afraid.

    How very social of you, but then I suspected this the moment you opened up with "massive failure."

    Typically it's been my experience that many of the same situations where you can't silently check a voicemail, it's also considered rude to be texting as well. Either way, you're separating yourself from the social situation around you, you're just doing it in a different manner.

    You may be convincing yourself that texting is more polite, but if you poll the people around you, they'd probably disagree.
  8. MattWylde macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2009
    I would love an app with this Speech to Text feature. It would be priceless for use while driving. The ShoutOut app looks promising, but it is not yet available in the app store.

    The guy who responded with the call button, save your lame humor for yourself. You've wasted 15 seconds of my life to read your idiotic post that doesn't address the person who started the thread's question. If everyone posted **** like you did, forums would be worthless.

    Grow up.
  9. Bacong macrumors 68020


    Mar 7, 2009
    Westland, Michigan
    hahaha, the overreactions to that post are priceless. I enjoyed it scaredpoet :)
  10. Cartoonkid macrumors 6502


    Apr 29, 2009
    Costa Mesa, CA
    Sarcasm from your original response aside, this is an excellent point. Just because someone can text, doesn't mean they should.

    That being said, thanks for the laugh with your first response. Loved it!

    To those people who didn't like it, lighten up. I'd like for the iPhone to wash my car and mow my lawn, but wanting something doesn't mean it's going to or should happen.

    At some point in life, you have to take the time to do certain things the "hard" way.
  11. Salukipilot4590 macrumors 6502


    Mar 17, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    I wonder how speech to text would work with ebonics... :confused:
  12. utwarreng macrumors 6502


    Aug 8, 2009
    Not to point to stereotypes, but I would bet that you're not a member of a younger generation. I'm 27, and don't find anything wrong with someone sending a casual text message when we're hanging out. If they are constantly texting back and forth it does get annoying, but I find that my friends and I are perfectly capable of having a conversation while sending/receiving a text message.

    This voice to text would also be helpful for when you're around the house if you're doing something else with your hands. Examples: Cooking, working on your car, typing a paper, sweeping, folding laundry, etc. If you would stop being so close-minded and think of the possibilities behind a technology, you may realize that there are no downsides to having additional ways to input things to your phone. Even if you can't come up with a practical use for yourself, that doesn't mean that some of the rest of us can't use it. I would find this to be a phenomenal tool, especially if they coupled it with text-to-speech to read back the messages to us. But then based on your other responses, it seems as though you would find no use for that either, and deem it as a waste of time.

    I laughed so hard reading this. Being in the communication business, I could only hope that the software would only support semi-proper English so that people might actually learn to speak it.

    Yes it would. While I'm surprised there still haven't been a ton of flame responses to this about the safety of texting while driving, this would be great. Again, even better if it were coupled with text-to-speech.

    Edited to add the last quote.
  13. barkomatic macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    People of *any* generation who are extremely introverted are always looking for ways to avoid direct contact with people. If that is your preference there is nothing wrong with that -- but I think its incorrect to imply that a preference to text instead of calling is entirely an older/younger generation thing.

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