The headline is true, except for the fact that if I was actually sitting in the Stanford CS 183 class, I would hear Peter Thiel’s voice, not Siri’s.
Yet, I can’t help but smile at the fact that I can highlight any amount of text, sit back, and have my phone read it to me. It’s awesome!
I am aware this functionality can be found in other downloadable apps and is not the first time I could have text to speech. But baked into iOS makes it that much easier and fluid. Just take this as a brief step-back from technology and realize how cool our world of mobile technology has become.
It’s how I have been consuming most of the class notes Blake Masters has graciously been posting on his blog. I am sure (although an afterthought to him) it’s been quite the traffic spike for his blog. These class notes are indeed long reads and when I don’t feel like reading, I just highlight and listen.
How to get Siri to read to you:
1. Have an iPhone 4S
2. Hold finger and highlight any content
3. Select speak.