During WWDC 2021, Apple has previewed iOS 15. While the company has unveiled many features for the general public, Apple is also still working to make its products accessible to more and more people. Here are all the new accessibility features on iOS 15.
It’s important to note that a few weeks before WWDC 2021, Apple announced a variety of new software features coming to iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. All of these features focus on accessibility, including AssistiveTouch for Apple Watch, eye tracking support for iPad, and more, which you can check out here.
Then when Apple previewed iOS 15, we got to see some of these changes in action. Different from some features that require a newer iPhone, anything new with accessibility will be available to all users on iOS 15, from iPhone 6s to iPhone 12 Pro Max.
Explore images with VoiceOver: Explore people, objects, text, and tables in pictures in more detail with VoiceOver. Intelligently browse receipts and nutrition label values in a logical order. And move your finger over a photo to discover a person’s position relative to other objects in the pictures.
Descriptions of voice images in markup: Markup allows the user to add descriptions of images that can be read by VoiceOver. Image descriptions persist even when shared and can be read in a range of supported apps on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
Sound actions for Switch Control: Sound Actions for Switch Control allow you to control iPhone with simple mouth sounds, like a click, pop, or “ee” sound, without the need for physical buttons, switches, or complex verbal commands.
Background sounds: Background sounds play balanced noises, bright or dark, ocean, rain, and continuous sound in the background to mask unwanted environmental or external noises and help the user focus, stay calm, or relax. to rest. Sounds mix or hide under other audio and system sounds when the device is in use by its owner.
Parameters by application: Customize display and text size settings on an app-by-app basis. Bold or enlarge text, increase contrast, invert colors, add color filters and more for the applications of your choice.
Import audiograms: Import paper or PDF audiograms into settings and quickly customize headset layouts to amplify quiet sounds and adjust certain frequencies based on your hearing test results.
Magnifier application: Magnifier is finally becoming a default app on iOS, so you can use your iPhone as a magnifying glass to zoom in on objects near you.
Accessibility memoji: Memoji further represents your look and style with new customizations including oxygen tubes, cochlear implants, and a soft helmet for headgear. Learn more about them here.
New voice control languages: Voice control adds new language options including Mandarin Chinese (Mainland China), Cantonese (Hong Kong), French (France), and German (Germany). These languages use Siri voice recognition technology for incredible precision when speaking your commands.
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