iPhone101 – More Special Effects for the Messages App in iOS. By the Way, Congratulations, Happy New Year and Happy Birthday!


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Adding to the iPhone101 Series, here is another iPhone101 demonstration, In which Pete completes his romp through the remaining screen effects embedded in the iOS Messages app. Listen as he updates us on two more effects, the Happy Birthday and Emoji Replacement features. be sure to join Pete as he adeptly navigates the step by step processes for using them both, with his typical humor, sound effects and musical flair which make listening to the iPhone101 Series so enjoyable.

The first of these screen effects allows you to generate full animated screen images easily automatically by merely typing or dictating a short, common phrase, such as Happy Birthday, congratulations or happy new year. The latter involves a somewhat more tedious process of using the emoji action on your Rotor to find and substitute emojis in lieu of words in your text message. Both features are fully available and accessible to Voiceover users of iOS.

Pete suggests checking a couple of settings in order to get optimal results from these effects:

  • Open your Settings app and flick down to Accessibility,
  • go to Motion,
  • Set Reduced Motion to the Off position, and
  • Set Auto Play message effects according to whether you prefer to hear and see these effects automatically or voluntarily.

Regardless of whether you communicate with blind or sighted friends or family members using text messages, your messages will be more interesting and personal with the use of the screen effects described in this and our previous iPhone101 episode, so set aside about 13 minutes of your valuable time to give them a listen. You won’t regret it!

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