iOS 14 does not only bring a completely new home screen. The iPhone is also becoming more accessible for people with a disability. These are the main steps that iOS 14 is taking in terms of accessibility.
iOS 14 Accessibility: This is new
Apple is known for making its products useful for people with disabilities. For example, there are many functions for visually impaired people to make text readable for them.
People with a hearing impairment can also use Apple devices. iOS 14 takes it one step further and adds even more accessibility features. We list them for you.
VoiceOver is the existing iOS screen reader for people with visual impairments. In iOS 14, this automatically recognizes what is on the screen. That way you can always count on your iPhone for apps and websites that do not support VoiceOver. By means of VoiceOver recognition, you can have the most important elements read out in the app or on the website.
Even the text in and under images and photos is recognized by this feature. This also applies to the operation of an app: for example, your iPhone recognizes how you go to the next page in an app, or how you change the settings. This makes apps a lot more accessible for people with a visual impairment.
2. Sound recognition
iOS 14 also adds a useful feature for people with hearing disabilities. These people receive a notification for important warnings, which would otherwise be audible via an acoustic signal.
Think of a fire alarm, burglar alarm, or a doorbell. Your iPhone or iPad can recognize these sounds and send you a notification of what is currently audible.
3. Sound adjustments for headphones
The AirPods Pro can also be used as a hearing aid with iOS 14. There is a new feature on the way that can make soft sounds more audible. In addition, the earbuds can make music, movies, phone calls, and podcasts sound much clearer to someone who is hard of hearing.
This feature works extra well with the Transparent mode on the AirPods Pro. This can automatically increase the volume if someone has a soft voice. In addition, the sound can adapt exactly to the needs of someone with a hearing impairment.
4. Sign language in FaceTime
If you can only communicate in sign language, it is necessary to make video calls. Therefore FaceTime will soon be able to recognize that someone is talking with sign language in FaceTime.
This person is given a prominent place in a group discussion. This person’s screen becomes larger than the other participants in the conversation, so you can see the gestures clearly.
5. Tap on the back
One of the most useful accessibility features is tapping the back of your iPhone. Tapping two or three times ensures that you can perform various actions. This applies to all kinds of different actions, so it is also useful if you have no restrictions. You can set which application your iPhone opens if you tap on the back.
This feature is therefore extremely useful for accessibility features. By tapping you open the magnifying glass, for example, or start the VoiceOver while the iPhone is still in your pocket. This means you do not have to search for certain functions first, but you can immediately use them by simply tapping.
Apple and Accessibility
Accessibility is especially important for technology, and Apple seems to be responding well to that. Apple has had various functions for years to make its products accessible to people with disabilities.
For example, you have been able to adjust the text size and thickness for a long time, so that it becomes easier to read. The company is also constantly adding new accessibility features. Thanks to emails from users, Apple knows what users need.