Accessibility features on Apple Products
Catching up over FaceTime, sending a text message or reading an email. These are every-day activities that we sometimes take for granted. Apple wants everyone to enjoy the everyday moments that technology helps make possible, and that is why iPhone, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV are accessible from the very start. Because the true value of a device isn’t measured by how powerful it is, but by how much it empowers you.
Apple products let you write a text or email without seeing the screen. You can even take a perfect group selfie just by hearing how many faces are in the frame.This is not magic, this is how Apple products are designed for everyone.
VoiceOver describes exactly what’s happening on your iPhone, Mac, Apple Watch or Apple TV, so you can navigate your product just by listening. Apple’s built-in apps support VoiceOver, which will talk you through tasks you do with them
If you are colour blind, adjusting the view on your Mac, iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch, and Apple TV will cause less strain on the eyes. Choose from a preset range of colour filters on your iPhone or iPad, or you can fine-tune them. Turn on Invert Colours on all your products to instantly change the values and create more contrast.
Magnifier is your digital magnifying glass. It uses the camera on Larger Dynamic type on iPhone your iPad or iPhone to increase the size of anything you point it at, so you can see all the finer details. Activate Larger Dynamic Type on iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch and the text inside apps like Mail, Messages, and Settings is converted to a larger, easier-to-read size.
Zoom is a powerful built-in screen magnifier that lets you enlarge a section of your screen to many times its normal size, to better see what’s on it. This works on Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV.
When products are designed to be accessible, more people can do what they love. That’s why powerful features are built into every operating system and every product to help people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Live listening lets you fine-tune AirPods to help you hear more clearly. This is really helpful when you’re in a loud restaurant or taking a class in a crowded lecture room. For quiet conversations, move your iPhone closer to the people who are speaking, and the built-in microphone will amplify what they’re saying.
FaceTime is an excellent way for people who use sign language to communicate easily, with high-quality video and a fast frame rate.
Closed captioning cannot only read dialogue, but it can also be used to display the music and sound effects while you watch movies on any Apple product. So everyone can enjoy a true cinematic experience.
Don’t miss an incoming FaceTime call, text message, email, or notification. Just set the LED light on your iPhone camera to flash. Instead of getting an audio alert, you’ll see a blinking light from the rear flash.
Physical and Motor Skills
Powerful assistive features have been built into Apple products to give people with physical limitations greater control over their lives. You can navigate onscreen keyboards and menus with a single tap using Switch Control, customise accessible Multi-Touch gestures to work best for you, or control HomeKit-enabled accessories.
Switch Control lets you use built-in features as well as switches, a joystick, or other adaptive devices to control what’s on your screen. So you can fully interact with your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV without touching it.
You can navigate macOS with minimal use of a physical keyboard. You can fully customise the Accessibility Keyboard which offers advanced typing and navigation capabilities. It also includes new toolbar support, and improved typing, autocapitalisation and word suggestions.
We take for granted that everyone is able to use the ‘pinch’ gesture. With AssistiveTouch, you can change this. Customise gestures and make other features accessible with just a touch from the AssistiveTouch menu.
Apple Watch has fitness algorithms designed for wheelchair users. Instead of steps, the Workout and Activity apps track your pushes to keep you motivated. Close your rings with reminders like “time to roll,” and enjoy wheelchair-specific workouts.
Turn on the lights, start the coffee, open the blinds, or play your favourite song with the Home app. You can do all of this from a single location using all your Homekit accessories.
Learning and Literacy
Apple products include innovative technologies that can read words or whole pages aloud for auditory learners. Screen Time, which monitors how long you spend on your product per app, now helps everyone better understand and manage product usage. Whether it’s for yourself or for your kids.
Every iPad, iPhone and Mac has built-in communication features that support learning. For instance:
FaceTime: lets you communicate visually, whether you use sign language, gestures or facial expressions.
Speak Selection: helps with language development by speaking words you’re reading. Text to Speech: lets you hear what you’re reading and writing.
Speak Screen: reads text from documents, books, web pages, or email on your iPhone or iPad.
Guided Access: lets parents, teachers or therapists limit iPad to one app at a time, and limit the amount of time spent in an app.
Safari Reader: strips away ads, buttons, and navigation bars, allowing you to focus on just the content you want.