Apple has always been mindful and committed to accessibility. The brand’s philosophy has always been to bring all the options available on devices and platforms. Thus, in accordance with the rule, on the occasion of World Accessibility Awareness Day, the Cupertino giant has announced several novelties that it will bring to its operating systems dedicated to accessibility.
To mark Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Apple announced a long list of accessibility features coming to its products later this year.
Apple is again betting on accessibility on its devices
In an Apple press release abstract features coming to iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch.
Using advances in hardware, software, and machine learning, people who are blind or visually impaired can use their iPhone and iPad to walk the last few feet to their destination with Door Detector; Users with physical and mobility disabilities, who can rely on assistive technologies such as voice control and stick control, can fully control Apple Watch from their iPhone with Apple Watch Projection; and the deaf and hard of hearing community can follow real-time captions on iPhone, iPad and Mac.
Apple is also expanding support for its industry-leading VoiceOver screen reader with more than 20 new languages and locales. These features will be available later this year with software updates on Apple platforms.
Door detection will be part of the magnifying glass app at the end of this year. This feature helps blind and visually impaired users find and navigate through doors when they arrive somewhere.
The function will calculate the distance to the door using LiDARdescribe the attributes of the door, how it opens (by pushing or using a doorknob) and read the signs and symbols next to the doors.
More features on Apple Watch
The Apple Watch will also add several physical and motor accessibility features. Apple Watch Mirroring, built in part on AirPlay, will allow users with physical and motor disabilities to control their watches from an iPhone using voice control, interrupt control, voice commands, sound actions , head location and Made for iPhone switches.
The Apple Watch will also add a new dual-tap gesture to control features like answering and ending phone calls or taking photos.
Apple also vaguely hinted at several other accessibility features coming to its products, including:
- Buddy Controller, the ability for someone to use a second game controller to help play a game, as if the two controllers were one;
- Siri Pause Time, which will allow users to customize how long Siri waits before responding to a user;
- Voice Control Spelling Mode, to dictate words letter by letter;
- Customizable sound recognition of sounds in your environment;
- New themes and text tweaks in the Books app for a more accessible reading experience.
We've seen Apple announce accessibility features in future versions of their operating systems before, but the announcement made now is unique given the number of features revealed.
Undoubtedly, it will be fantastic to provide users with special needs with new ways of using Apple devices so that they do not have difficulties in the most diverse daily tasks.