Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Apple Previews Innovative Accessibility Features

Apple Previews Innovative Accessibility Features

Apple previews innovative accessibility features introducing the latest techniques for its users with disabilities for navigation, connection, and other related things. Its excellent updates come with the latest technologies to offer unique and customizable tools for users. Door detection technology is one of the new advancements in these updates for blind people and those with low vision, and using the technology allows these people to use iPhones and iPad.

The company's users with motor & physical disabilities and who depend on Voice Control and Switch Control specifications can control the company's Watch completely from the iPhone. If you belong to the Deaf and hard of hearing community, you may follow the Live Captions on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

The company is increasing support for the industry-leading display reader VoiceOver with more than twenty new languages and locales. As a user, you will get the specifications available with software updates this year across the company's platforms.

Sarah Herrlinger, Apple's senior director of Accessibility Policy and Initiatives, said they would introduce these innovative specifications to provide even more options for the company products.

Recently Apple previews innovative accessibility features:

Door Detection:

The new specification is especially for people with blind or low vision. You can find a door upon arriving at a new destination using the specifications. Besides, the specification lets you know how far the door is, the attributes of the door, if the door is closed or opened, and whether you can open it by pushing, turning a knob, or pulling a handle.

Apple previews innovative accessibility features and it is one of them. This specification allows you to read signs and symbols around the door, including the presence of an accessible entrance symbol, the number of houses at an office, etc. In addition, the innovative specification is the combination of the power of LiDAR, camera, and on-device machine learning. Users can get the specification available on iPhone and iPad models with the LiDAR Scanner.

The unique technology will come in a new Detection Mode within Magnifier and be available at the company's default app supporting blind and low vision users.

Detection mode allows users with vision disabilities to use Door Detection, People Detection, and Image Descriptions specifications. Thus, it assists them in navigating and accessing rich descriptions of the surroundings. With the help of the Apple Maps and VoiceOver users will get sound and haptics feedback helping them to detect the starting point for walking directions.

Physical and Motor Accessibility:

Apple Watch Mirroring makes accessing the Watch easier than ever for people with physical and motor disabilities. People can access this Watch remotely from their paired iPhone using the technology, and they can use inputs including voice commands, sound actions, head tracking, etc.

Besides, it uses hardware and software integration, with advanced built on AirPlay. It is lucrative for people depending on the mobility specifications and can provide unique advantages such as Blood Oxygen, Heart Rate, Mindfulness, etc.

In addition, it enables you to do even more with simple hand gestures. Besides, the new Quick Actions help a double-pinch gesture to answer a phone call or end a call, dismiss a notification, take a photo, play or pause media in the Now Playing app. Moreover, it helps to begin a workout, pause or resume it.

Apple previews innovative accessibility features— Live Captions— for iPhone, iPad, and Mac:

Apple previews innovative accessibility features, and Live Captions is one of them. It is available on iPhone, iPad, and Mac for the Deaf and hard of hearing community. They can follow the audio content more easily whether they are texting someone next to them, using social media app or video conferencing app, on a FaceTime call, etc.

In addition, they can manage the font size to read easily using the specification. Live Captions comes with auto-transcribed dialogue in FaceTime to call participants. Thus, making group video calls for people with hearing disabilities makes it easier. You can use the Live Captions for calls on Mac. In addition, you can get here an option to type a response. The users' information remains protected as Live Captions are created on the device.

VoiceOver adds New Languages:

VoiceOver is the display reader of the company for blind and low vision users. Besides, it can support over twenty extra locales and languages, including Bengali, Bulgarian, Catalan, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese. In addition, you can choose dozens of new voices optimized for assistive specifications across languages.

All these locals, & languages, are available for Speak Selection and Speak Screen accessibility specifications. VoiceOver users may use the new Text Checker tool to find basic formatting problems, including duplicative spaces or misplaced capital letters. As a result, proofreading documents or emails becomes easier.

Apple previews innovative accessibility features (additional):

  • The Buddy Controller helps you to ask a care provider or friend to help them in a game. In this controller, you will get two game controllers into one. Therefore, many controllers can drive the input for a single player. 
  • People with speech disabilities manage the response time of Siri to a request with Siri Pause Time. 
  • With the help of the Voice Control Spelling Mode, people can have a choice to dictate custom spellings using letter-by-letter input. 
  • They can customize sound recognition specifications to recognize sounds specific to a person's environment, including the home's unique alarm, doorbell, or appliances. 
  • The Apple Books app comes with new themes. In addition, it can provide different customization options, including bolding text and adjusting line, character, and word spacing. All these specifications offer a reading experience even more accessible.
  • The Sound Recognition updates help to train iPhones and iPad to recognize a unique alarm, doorbell, or appliance.

The bottom line:

The company is celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day with special sessions. They will launch SignTime in Canada on May 19 to connect the company's store and its Support customers with ASL or American Sign Language interpreters. Apple previews innovative accessibility features, and users of the United States, British, and France can get SignTime available. These are for those who use ASL, BSL (British Sign Language), & LSF (French Sign Language).

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