Ever since I update to iOS 9.3, text to speech has been super-slow in Instapaper and Pocket.

I tried going to settings -> general -> accessibility -> speech and changing the speed, but it's not helping.

Got any advice for how to fix this? (Or is this a bug in this version of iOS?)

  • What model of iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch do you have? Mar 29, 2016 at 0:28
  • I have an iPhone 6S Mar 29, 2016 at 0:29

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With iOS 9.3, iPhone 6s and 6s Plus can utilize Offline Dictation. Check Settings > General > Keyboard and try toggling "Enable Dictation" off then back on.

  • I tried it and it didn't work. In case my question wasn't written clearly, I'm trying to fix speech, not dictation. Are dictation and speech related in iOS? Mar 29, 2016 at 0:40
  • @AndrewWarner Oh, I just misread it as speech-to-text. I got it backwards. Mar 29, 2016 at 0:41
  • Ah. No prob. I really miss hearing hearing my articles read to me in double time. Mar 29, 2016 at 0:42
  • @AndrewWarner Did you try restarting it? Mar 29, 2016 at 0:43
  • Restarting the phone? Yes. Restarting speech? Not sure how to do that. Do you know? Mar 29, 2016 at 0:44

I just got an email from Instapaper about this:

"Our apologies about that, it's an issue with how we access iOS's voice protocols that came up with the 9.3 update. We've already fixed it, confirmed the fix in beta, and the 7.1.2 release with those fixes is currently awaiting approval for release from Apple."

update: on April 11, 2016 the update hit the App Store and it solved the problem.

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